3 Tips to Cooling Your Home for Less

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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!

Struggling with how to stay cool for less? These 3 Tips for Cooling your home for less are the perfect place to start working at lowering your costs!


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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Stacy Barr

Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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  1. Hi there. What if you live in the Dallas TX area and there is never a cool breeze in the summer? Anytime i open my front door or window in the heat of the day (& night) our house gets HOT!

    • Kelsey, I currently live about an hour from the Metro. If you create the “tunnel” of circulating air, it will cool it somewhat. One fan in a front window, one in the back and so on. Eventually though, turn your a/c on…especially if it gets as hot this summer as it did last.

  2. We get really hot really quick here, so last year I picked up a couple of box fans like you recommend and started circulating the air during the evening and the early morning. During the day I make sure to keep my curtains closed, not just sheers, but the heavy duty insulating curtains for winter use, whenever we went outside I made sure to close the doors tightly behind us. I could not believe how little I turned on my window A/C unit last summer. Only on days when it peaked over 100 did I have to touch it.

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