Anticipating rising temperatures, rising air conditioner usage, and rising bills, the DOE issued tips for consumers to save on energy costs while still keeping their homes cool. Included are tips for long-term energy efficiency such as an energy audit.
US Department of Energy
USE YOUR WINDOWS TO GAIN COOL AIR AND KEEP OUT HEAT: If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. Learn more about natural ventilation. Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows. Find out about window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.
OPERATE YOUR THERMOSTAT EFFICIENTLY: Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
KEEP YOUR COOLING SYSTEM RUNNING EFFICIENTLY: Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment. Learn about operating and maintaining your air conditioner, evaporative cooler, or heat pump. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
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