Eco Minute Agust 20, 2014
It’s summer, it’s hot, and the electric bills are high. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, invest in one, it will lower your energy use and bills. Set the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher for the most energy-efficient operation and use ceiling fans – it will feel 10 degrees cooler.
Install shaded window film to block extra sunlight and reduce air conditioning costs. Some states have tax incentives for you to do this. Keep drapes closed or add room-darkening shades to block out the heat from the sun – white ones will reflect back the heat. You can shade the windows on the sunny side of your home by planting deciduous trees; the leaves screen the windows in summer and let the sun shine through in winter.