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Is your energy bill going up, up, up?! Stay cool without blowing your budget with
Searcy, Ark. –
Keeping cool during an Arkansas summer is not easy, especially on a budget. This
summer presents the added challenge of being home more, due to COVID-19. But you
can still save energy and money with these home cooling tips.
INSIDE THE HOUSE
Turn the fans on. Ceiling fans, box fans, whatever! Ceiling fans make the room feel cooler because they create a breeze. Just remember to turn them off if no one is
in the room. You won’t use much electricity running fans (not near as much as the
A/C) but there’s no sense wasting energy!
Air Conditioning. Check filters and replace as needed – usually once a month. Dirty filters can reduce
the efficiency of your system. Cleaning or replacing dirty air filters can save 5%
of the energy used to run the A/C system. Have a professional check and clean equipment
every year. Set your thermostat comfortably high in the summer and dress accordingly.
Set the thermostat to 72 degrees or higher. Start by increasing it just a degree or
two. For every degree above 72 degrees, you will save 5% on cooling costs.
Away from home? While you’re away from home, turn your thermostat back 10-15 degrees. If you turn
the thermostat back for at least eight hours a day, you can save approximately 10%
on your heating bills. A common misconception is that a system works harder than
normal to return the space to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been
set back. This misconception has been dispelled by years of research and numerous
studies, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Thermostats. You might consider installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat
can be set to return the living space to a comfortable temperature before you arrive.
You select the times the heating or air-conditioning comes on, according to your pre-set
schedule. Most programmable thermostats can store and repeat six or more temperature
settings a day. You can manually override the temperature setting without interfering
with the rest of the daily or weekly schedule. Look for the ENERGY STAR label indicating
the most energy efficient products. The price is approximately $29 - $75.
INSIDE AND OUT
Insulation - Make sure your home is properly insulated. Make sure your attic and roof area
are properly insulated to keep heat from coming in. Caulking and weatherstripping
windows will also help keep heat out. When your house was built, the builder likely
installed the amount of insulation recommended at that time. If you have an older
home, have an inspector check the insulation. Seal gaps around pipes, ductwork, and
chimneys. Inside the home, you can add blackout or heat-blocking curtains to naturally
insulate a room. Just remember to keep the curtains closed during the sunny parts
of the day.
For more dollar stretching ideas, contact Katie Cullum at the White County Extension
Office at 501-268-5394 or email@example.com. You can also follow Katie on Facebook @ uaex white county fcs. Visit www.uaex.uada.edu for more information on personal financial management. Or check out Katie's Summer
Savings Series on the At Home with UAEX Blog.
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