Get Your House in Shape for Summer

  • Plug air leaks in your home. Weather strip and caulk any leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.
  • Check insulation levels. If necessary, add insulation in attics and crawl spaces. This will not only help to conserve energy, but will also improve household comfort.
  • Use energy-efficient landscaping. Leafy trees and shrubs properly placed on the south and west side of your home can provide shade during the peak daytime heat. You can also reduce heat buildup by keeping blinds and curtains closed on windows facing the sun.
  • Consider cooling alternatives for your home. Fans and dehumidifiers use less energy than air conditioners and can help to increase comfort by reducing humidity levels and maintaining steady air flow.
  • Set your thermostat to a higher temperature in the summer. Consider installing a programmable thermostat. This is an excellent way to match the cooling needs of your home to your personal schedule. They typically offer savings of 10% to 15% without compromising personal comfort.
  • Replace filters on your air conditioner. For homes with central air, it is important to change the filter before the start of the cooling season and on a monthly basis thereafter. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer and work harder, increasing energy use.
  • When replacing air conditioners or other cooling equipment, choose high efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified models. These may cost a little more, but they can pay for themselves through lower energy use over the lifetime of the equipment

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