As tempting as it may be to turn your thermostat down when temperatures begin to rise into the scorching numbers, you won’t appreciate it when you get your extremely high electricity bill the next month. To help save money but keep cool, here are some ways to reduce air conditioning costs this summer.
Use A Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan or oscillating fan can reduce room temperatures by almost 10 degrees without using nearly as much energy as an air conditioning unit would to do the same. Plus, this circulating fans help to push the air around, constantly giving you fresh, crisp air, where air from the vents would be blowing only one direction.
Window shades, blinds, and curtains are great at reducing sunlight in a room, which helps cool your home as UV rays can’t enter. If it’s too dark, open them just slightly so you can still get your daily dose of Vitamin D, but not enough to where you’re sweating.
Choose A Light Roof Color
Just like black absorbs heat, lighter colors will deflect it. A light color or reflective roof can substantially help in keeping your home cool. Metal roofs or roof coatings are great at reflecting light and are very energy efficient and insulating.