Want to keep your house cooler this summer? Here are a few more steps which are relatively easy and can save you money on your cooling bills.
If you don’t already have one get a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will allow you to be able to adjust the temperature in your home so that when it is unoccupied you can keep the temps higher. Perhaps a half hour before your daily arrival, set the temperature to lower settings to cool your home. This step can save you a fair amount of money!
Check your windows and doors for leaks and gaps where air may escape from indoors to outdoors. Even small gaps and leaks can cost you big money. These gaps will also cause your cooling system to run longer to keep temperatures comfortable and constant. Windows and doors are typically what people neglect or take for granted but can keep your central air conditioning bills down.
Upgrading your attic insulation can also be a major factor in saving you money. You can reduce your yearly heating and cooling cost by as much as 30%. The energy savings make attic insulation a product that helps pay for itself. Older homes may not have sufficient attic insulation because over time insulation settles and doesn’t provide the barrier of protection it used to provide. Increasing the amount of insulation to recommended and appropriate levels is the key to saving money on your energy bills. BONUS: Now through the end of the year the U.S. government is providing tax credits for the purchase of attic insulation up to $1500.00. That is quite a bit of savings and also encourages homeowners to think about saving energy in a very positive and beneficial way.