Summer is here, and many of us are relishing the long, warm days — not to mention our summer holidays. But higher temperatures can warm our homes significantly. And summer vacation can mean more people at home, which can result in higher energy consumption and bills.
It doesn’t have to, though. With the help of some simple tips and tricks, you can cool your home and save energy this summer.
- Instead of cranking up an air conditioner, shed some layers of clothes
- Get a programmable thermostat so you’re not cooling your home while no one is there
- Close your blinds and curtains to keep the sun’s rays out
- Eat fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods that don’t need to be cooked
- Use fewer large appliances during the day
- Change your air conditioner’s filters