05 Jun Money Saving Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer
We’re all familiar with the scorching South Carolina summers; the heat and humidity can really get to you in the summer months, especially when your energy bill begins to go up. It may seem difficult to keep your AC and your bill low, but with a few simple tweaks, your summer can go from steaming to serene. Luckily, we have a few tricks that can keep both you and your wallet happy this summer.
Keep the blinds closed
Pull the shades tight and close the curtains to keep your energy bill down this summer. When you block the sun, you’re protecting the room from heating up even more than it has to. By making your AC unit work less hard than it should, you’re helping to keep that energy bill down.
Stop using appliances
Things like ovens, dishwashers, and dryers can really heat the home up. Keep temperatures low by switching things up in the summer. The best option for cooking is to keep it outside by grilling, therefore removing the source of heat from the inside of your home. Plus, drying your clothes on the clothesline is way more environmentally friendly than using that dryer all summer long!
Don’t block the airflow
By putting furniture on top of registers, you’re essentially stopping the airflow that you’re paying for. Keep the air moving by changing furniture locations away from the vents to let them do their job.
Use Your Fans
Use fans to keep the air moving in rooms with lots of people. Ceiling fans aid the air conditioning to make a sort of breeze in the room, while exhaust fans above stovetops to remove heat and humidity when cooking. Make sure to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room, to prevent it from having to work unnecessarily.
Keep it shut
Once you’ve cooled your home off, don’t let all that cold air disappear! Keep all windows and doors closed. Make sure that your attic and walls are properly insulated to prevent cold air from leaking out. It’s a good idea to check on your insulation to make sure that you have enough (lots of buildings don’t). Even if you don’t have time to complete the project, even insulating just a portion of your attic and walls will help to keep costs down!