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Summer Energy Savings

Why It Matters

Two thirds of all American homes have air conditioners, and it costs homeowners a collective $11 billion per year to power those air conditioners. Air conditioners use 5% of the electricity produced in the U.S., producing approximately 100 million tons of CO2 emissions.

Top 5 Tips for Summer Energy Savings

  1. Install a programmable thermostat. Install a programmable thermostat and set the temperature higher when you’re away. It could help you save 10% on your cooling costs.

  2. Use a fan. Ceiling fans allow you to raise the thermostat by 4-6 degrees without impacting your comfort level (but turn that fan off when you leave the room – fans cool people, not rooms because the air flow cools your body without cooling the room itself).

  3. Fan it. Use your bathroom fan when taking a shower and the kitchen fan when cooking – they help remove heat and humidity from you home, reducing your cooling costs.

  4. Take advantage of natural ventilation. If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, open your windows and turn off the AC while sleeping, and shut the windows again in the morning to capture that cool air.

  5. Curtain call. Keep your curtains closed during the day to avoid solar heat gain.

Digging Deeper

See everything you need to know about home cooling in this infographic.

Learn to install a programmable thermostat.

Learn how ventilation and avoiding heat build up can keep your home cooler.