5 Tips for Keeping Your Energy Costs Down this Summer

Summer is just around the corner and in Indianapolis that inevitably means temperatures in the 90s and humidity that’ll make your hair stand on end (literally, for those curly haired peeps!) We aren’t experts on hair so we can’t help you out there, but we do know a thing or two about houses. Here are 5 tips for keeping your home cool this summer while still keeping your energy bills low.

1. Keep the Blinds Closed

Sunlight heats up your home which means your air conditioner has to work that much harder. By simply closing your blinds during the day, especially west and south facing windows, you can save up to 15% on your cooling costs. Open blinds and curtains as the sun goes down to allow extra heat in your home to escape.

How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low When Temperatures Rise: Keep the Blinds Closed

2. Limit Cooking on the Stove and Oven

Instead of cooking with your stove and oven, which produce a lot of heat, make meals that require no heat (think deli sandwiches, gazpacho soup, and salads) or use your grill or microwave to cook.

How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low When Temperatures Rise: Limit Cooking on the Stove and Oven

3. Keep your Cooling System Running Efficiently

First and foremost, schedule regular maintenance with an HVAC professional. Also make sure to keep debris away from your outdoor unit, change your filter regularly, and vacuum registers to prevent dust build-up.

How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low When Temperatures Rise: Keep your Cooling System Running Efficiently

4. Use your Ceiling Fans Strategically

Ceiling fans don’t actually drop the temperature in a room, but they do create a wind-chill effect which makes a room feel cooler. If you use your ceiling fans, you can typically raise your thermostat about 4 degrees and still feel comfortable. That’ll make a big difference on your energy bill. Remember to turn ceiling fans off when you aren’t in the room.

How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low When Temperatures Rise: Use your Ceiling Fans Strategically

5. Use Your Thermostat Wisely

When you are away from home, turn your thermostat up. A programmable thermostat makes this very easy. When turning the air on, don’t set the thermostat to a colder setting than normal. This won’t cool your home any faster but it will raise your energy bills fast! Be aware not to put any heat-producing objects near your thermostat, such as lamps or your TV.

 How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low When Temperatures Rise: Use Your Thermostat Wisely

What are your best tips for keeping cooling costs down in the summer?