Install a Programmable Thermostat
Adding a programmable thermostat is a fairly inexpensive, DIY project that can help you save money on your power bill in any season. Set the thermostat to adjust the temperature during the hours you are away from home. You won’t be heating or cooling the house when it is unoccupied
Fans Help Reduce Cooling Costs
In the summer, set your ceiling fan to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction. This will circulate the air and create a wind-chill effect that will cool down the room. You can also use fans to help reduce cooling costs in the evenings. When outdoor temperatures are cool, open the windows and use fans to circulate fresh air.
Use Appliances in the Evenings
Household appliances generate heat when they’re in use. Machines like the dishwasher and clothes dryer also contribute to high humidity in the home. Creating indoor heat during the day forces your air conditioner to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. On the hottest days of summer, wait until the evening to run your appliances.
Blinds and Curtains Help Reduce Cooling Costs
The sun coming through the windows will heat your home due to radiant heating. Depending on the direction your home faces, the sun can warm the interior of your house by 10 to 15 degrees. You’ll save on electricity costs by closing the blinds or curtains during the hottest part of the day.
For a longer-term solution, plant a tree in an area that will block some sunlight from reaching your home. You could also install awnings over windows or use a shade sail to block some of the sun’s rays.