There are dozens of ways to keep your energy costs under control during the hottest months of the year. Keep in mind — nearly half of your electric bill in the summer goes toward cooling your home. Therefore, maintaining your air conditioner and keeping the sun’s heat out of your house are the two most important ways to save.
Here are some ideas to help lower you summer energy bills:
Have your air conditioner maintained annually by a qualified technician and check your air filter monthly.
Consider upgrading to an ENERGY STAR air conditioner. If the central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model could cut cooling costs by 30%.
Close blinds, shades and draperies to reflect the sun’s heat. Remember that white window coverings reflect sunlight, and dark coverings will absorb the heat.