Summer-time heat means skyrocketing energy bills. Keep your home cool and save energy during the summer by following these simple steps, including where to set your thermostat.
Set your thermostat at an ideal temperature. According to the Department of Energy, setting your thermostat below 78 costs you anywhere from 1-3 percent per degree. While you’re away, set the thermostat within a range from 78-82 degrees and when you’re at home have it set between 74 and 78 degrees, based on your comfort level.
Get a programmable thermostat. One of the primary ways to cut down on summer energy bills is by using a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats may be the solution for your home if you are constantly at battle with high energy bills. Plus, there are a variety of models offered to satisfy your thermostat needs. The most popular option is the 7-day model. It offers complete control over how you want the temperature set on a day to day basis. 5-2-models use the same controls during the week and different controls on the weekends. Finally, there is a 5-1-1-model that allows you to program a weekday schedule and two separate weekend schedules for Saturday and Sunday.
Use your fans to their full potential. According to energy.gov, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4° with no reduction in comfort. Air conditioning combined with ceiling fans give you the ultimate amount of comfort and ensure a cool breeze. Ceiling fans play a big role in keeping people cool, but there is another kind of fan that aids in temperature control. Your bathroom fan removes heat and humidity created by showers and baths.
Use your windows for cool air. If it is a breezy night outside, turn off your air conditioning and open your windows while you sleep. Natural ventilation is a key player when trying to save money on heating and cooling expenses. If turning off the AC isn’t for you, opt for energy-efficient windows to prevent heat gain.