Summer is the time for swimming, boating, and enjoying the great outdoors. Unfortunately, it's also the time for skyrocketing electric bills.
The summer heat makes your HVAC system work harder trying to keep the house cool which can significantly increase your monthly utility bills. To keep costs low and help your co-op run as efficiently as possible during the dog days of summer, follow these simple tips!
Close Your Curtains
Even if you already have blinds on your windows that you keep closed during the day, closing your curtains during the daytime on your windows receiving direct sunlight can provide additional help in keeping your house cool.
You get an added energy bonus if you choose lined window coverings that are darker in color. The Department of Energy (DOE) states that these types of curtains can reduce heat gain by 33 percent.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Many people think that turning their air conditioner off while out of the house can cut down on utility bills. However, frequently turning your AC off and on can actually have the opposite effect.
A much smarter move is to adjust the thermostat up by several degrees at night or when you leave the house. According to Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, one study found that each degree you set your thermostat above 75 degrees could save 10-15 percent on energy used.
One easy way to do this without having to remember it daily is to switch to a programmable thermostat and let it do the work for you.
You can set the thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically at whatever time you know you'll be sound asleep. If you run hot at nighttime, turn a fan on in your bedroom to help you stay cool without using so much energy.
Shut Doors and Vents to Unused Rooms
It costs more to cool (and heat) entire homes than it does just a few rooms. If there are any rooms in your cooperative that don’t get much use, consider closing the vents and doors to these rooms.
This is a quick and easy way to whittle down your electric bill without sacrificing any comfort. Since heat rises, this tip is especially helpful on the second floor of co-ops.
Enjoy the Weather Without the High Bill
You don’t have to be miserably hot in your cooperative to save money on your electric bill this summer. When the temperatures start soaring, implement these tips to keep your home running as efficiently as possible.
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