Know what? It’s HOT ya’ll! Seriously! In between the rain and tornadoes that Texas has been getting this year, it’s HOT! We’ve had to get smart with how we’re cooling our home and obviously if you’re reading this? You want to learn how to cool your home for less too. Keep reading because what we’re doing is working and I’m super excited about that!
To start, if you really want to save money on cooling costs, you may need to redefine what your definition of cool is and change a few habits. If you like to keep the thermostat set at 65 degrees all year long, you’re going to have to give a little. If you’ve got a revolving door, you may have to learn to keep it shut. Take a look at these 3 tips for cooling your home for less. They’re an awesome place to start and
Turn the thermostat up – The lower you keep your a/c, the more you’ll pay. No one really needs their home to be at 65 degrees. Instead, turn it up to 75 or even 78 and you’ll see a very significant drop in your power bill. Seventy-five degrees is more than comfortable, but any lower than that and your a/c unit has to work double time to keep things cool. By working overtime, you really use more power than you need to.
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Speaking of your thermostat? Set it and forget it – Once your thermostat is moved to a more fitting temperature, leave it be. I know that you’ve heard this before, but it’s one of the biggest causes for a rising cooling (or heating) bill. The reason for the added costs is because as your thermostat is played with, the temperature in the house goes up or down. This means that your central air has to work harder and like I said above, working harder causes you to use more power. More power used means more power paid for.
Finally, if you’re like us and your bill just will NOT drop, turn it off – We made the decision to shut ours off simply because nothing else was working. I don’t know if our central air unit was just set to use a crazy amount of power or what, but it wouldn’t budge. Trust me when I say that going a/c free wasn’t an easy decision, but it was one that had to be made. I know we’ll be a bit hotter than normal, but with the right set up, the house actually stays around the same temperature as it would with the air conditioning.
Here’s how we do that:
- Take a box fan (we actually use THESE because they put out so much air) and put it in (or in front of) one window blowing air in. This obviously brings in cooler air and gets the air in your home circulating.
- On the other side of the room, put another box fan in the window blowing air out.
- Believe it or not, doing this will funnel the air through the room and cool it off. It keeps cooler air coming in and warmer air moving out creating a cool atmosphere.
I’ve used this method for cooling down houses for over 15 years and it has never failed me. I’ve cooled everything from apartments to trailers and now, our 4 bedroom home.
Your cooling bill is probably one of the biggest that you pay. Don’t just accept it for what it is. Get to work on it and soon, you’ll be cooling things down in more ways than one!
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