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Keeping Costs Down in the Summer Heat

Keeping Costs Down in the Summer Heat

As the summer heat intensifies, finding effective ways to stay cool while keeping those electricity bills in check becomes a top priority for many. Fortunately, there are several simple and practical things you can do to beat the heat and save more  money for summer fun. 

Embrace Natural Ventilation

Before reaching for the thermostat, take advantage of natural ventilation. Open windows and doors during the cooler parts of the day to let in fresh air. You can also utilize cross ventilation by strategically placing fans to create a breeze throughout your home. This will reduce your reliance on air conditioning and keep a comfortable temperature! 

Keep the Temperature Consistent 

Setting your thermostat at an appropriate temperature is crucial for keeping AC costs down. When home, adjust your thermostat to the highest temperature that still provides comfort.  Every degree you raise the temperature can save you a significant amount of money. If you’re a tad warm or cold, avoid adjusting the temperature (using more energy) and instead go for flowy clothing or a warm blanket. When away from home, that’s a different story.

Program Your Thermostat

The first step in reducing AC costs is to optimize your thermostat settings. A programmable thermostat allows you to create cooling schedules based on your lifestyle, ensures that the AC runs only when needed, and keeps the temperature consistent. Turning off your AC when away from home is the best and fastest way to keep costs down. 


Properly sealing and insulating your home prevents cool air from escaping and hot air from seeping in. Seal any gaps around windows, doors, and ductwork to minimize air leakage. Insulate your attic and walls to create a thermal barrier. These measures can significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce the workload on your air conditioner. 

But insulating isn't just about sealing. Strategic use of window treatments can help block out the sun's heat and keep your home cooler. Install reflective blinds, shades, or curtains to minimize solar gain during the hottest parts of the day. Room-darkening curtains or blinds can also keep your space cooler by reducing the amount of heat absorbed by your rooms.

Stay cool, save money, enjoy summer!

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