No Cost Options to Reduce Cooling Costs & Energy

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You can save energy and money while using air conditioning with these simple steps:

  • Get With the Program: A saved temperature setting that cools while you are home and cuts off when you are out will better manage the energy use of the entire system. 
  • Change With the Seasons: In the warmer months keep your thermostat set higher—around 78 degrees—and consider using a fan to cool. You save 3-5% on air conditioning costs for every degree you raise your thermostat.
  • Keep Energy In Its Place: Cool air will escape through open doors and windows. If you want a natural breeze, turn off your air conditioner to avoid wasting energy. And if you use individual room air conditioners, try to avoid cooling empty or unoccupied rooms. 
  • Use Shades and Drapes: Installing shades or drapes will help avoid the hot sun from increasing the temperature inside.

For additional tips visit Energy Savers.
Learn more from American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.