Below are some tips on how to keep energy costs down while staying cool during the summer:
- Keeping the area around your central air conditioner condenser debris-free can improve the unit’s efficiency. If there is any foliage growing around the system, trim it back at least 2 feet.
- Add a door sweep to exterior doors—including the one to your garage—to keep cool air in, and warm air out.
- If you run a dehumidifier in the summer, offset your energy use with water savings. Come up with ways to recycle the collected water around the house or yard.
- Depending on where you live, there may be a more energy-efficient method for cooling your home. For example: Homes in dry climates can save with evaporative “swamp” cooling. Speak with an air conditioning expert to learn which energy-efficient systems work best in your area.