Top 10 Ways to Save Energy and Money Cooling Your Home - Ballard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

Top 10 Ways to Save Energy and Money Cooling Your Home

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While it’s tempting to crank up the AC 24/7, your wallet might not be so thrilled about that idea. We’ve got 10 tips to help stay cool and save!

1. Close curtains when needed

Take advantage of the longer daylight hours by opening up your curtains and letting that natural light shine in. But when the sun starts getting a little too intense, close those curtains to keep the heat out and your home cool.

2. Grill out, chill out

Who wants to slave over a hot stove when it’s already hot outside? Take your cooking outdoors and fire up the grill. Not only will you avoid heating up your kitchen, but you’ll also get to enjoy some delicious barbecue. It’s a win-win!

3. Fans are your friends

Fans are a fantastic way to keep cool without relying solely on your AC. Whether it’s ceiling fans, portable fans, or even a good old-fashioned hand fan, get that air circulating and create your own personal breeze.

4. Look into landscaping

Did you know that the right landscaping can actually help keep your home cooler? Planting trees or tall shrubs near your windows can provide natural shade and block out some of that harsh sunlight. Plus, it’ll make your yard look extra spiffy.

5. Ice, ice baby

Place a bowl of ice water in front of a portable fan and let the breeze blow over it. As the air passes over the ice, it’ll cool down and create a refreshing, misty breeze. It’s like having your own personal air conditioner, minus the hefty energy bills.

6. Time to unplug

Believe it or not, your electronics can generate a lot of heat, even when they’re not in use. Unplug any devices you’re not actively using, or invest in a smart power strip that can cut off the power supply when items are in standby mode.

7. Make friends with your microwave

Instead of firing up your oven and turning your kitchen into a sauna, opt for the microwave when possible. It uses less energy and won’t heat up your entire house like an oven can.

8. Maximize your AC’s efficiency

Make sure you’re changing your air filters regularly. A clogged filter makes your AC work harder than it needs to, wasting energy and money.

9. Get a programmable thermostat

Invest in a programmable thermostat and set it to run at higher temperatures when you’re away from home or asleep. There’s no need to keep your house ice-cold when no one’s there to enjoy it. Let your AC work smarter, not harder.

10. Don’t put off maintenance

Just like any other appliance, your air conditioner needs a little TLC to keep running at its best. Schedule regular maintenance with the awesome techs at Ballard, to ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency.

By following all of these tips, you can enjoy all the fun of summer without feeling dread when you’re about to see how much your energy bill is this month! And remember, if you ever need a hand with your AC, Ballard is always here to help.

Contact us online or give us a call today 909-297-1914!

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