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- Tip #1: Use ceiling fans
It is expensive to use air-conditioning units all the time to make your home cooler during summer. Use ceiling fans instead when it is not scorching hot. The former uses 50 times more power than the latter so you get to save a lot.
- Tip #2: Know when to open and close your windows and doors to cool your home
It is best to open windows and doors first thing in the morning to bring the cool morning air in. Close them when temperatures outside and inside your home are about the same. Open them again to allow the cool evening breeze in.
- Tip #3: Use your appliances wisely
When you run appliances for chores that use moisture — like the washer and dryer or the dishwasher — you also heat up your house and jack up your electric bill. It is better to do these chores early in the morning or late at night so you reduce their effect on your electric bill.
Consider the following tips to conserve energy:
- Use the cold or warm water setting to wash your clothes. Rinse with cold water.
- Use the clothesline to dry your clothes whenever possible.
- Wait until you have a full load before you use the dryer.
- Run your dishwasher only if you have a full load. Instead of using the dry cycle, conserve energy by air-drying the washed dishes.
Operate swimming pool cleaning sweeps and filters between four to five hours only. Make sure that you use them during non-peak hours.
- Tip #4: Do not waste energy
Immediately switch off your air-conditioning unit and electric fans after you use them. Do the same with your lights, appliances, and other equipment. Many newer models of household appliances continue to use power even when you turn them off. Switch off printers and computers directly from the power strip. See to it that chargers and electronic equipment are unplugged when you are not using them.
- Tip #5: Use your air-conditioning units judiciously
When you are staying home, keep your thermostat at about 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn it up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit when nobody is home.
Have a programmable thermostat installed. You can set it so the temperature inside the house increases between 5 to 10 degrees when you leave home and returns to a cooler level an hour before you are scheduled to come home.
Clean or replace air filters every month. Filthy air filters make a unit work harder and use more power.
Get a cooling system which is just right for the size of your home. If you get one that is too big, you will be paying increased operating costs needlessly.