We all have experience paying a lot of money for our utility biils during the summer. Here are three cures to help reduce your utility bills and possibly save you a great deal of money.
Vent Covers – In most homes, there are rooms that rarely get used. A very simple and very cheap way to cut your cooling costs is to isolate those rooms from the rest of your home. To do this, you should close the vents in the room. The vents, however, rarely close well. To make the strategy effective, you should buy vent covers and place them over the vents. The covers are a form of plastic and keep cool air from coming out of the vents. Next, close the door to the room in question and leave it. By using this strategy, you can effectively make your home smaller by excluding the square footage that has to be cooled. The smaller the area, the small the amount of money to cool the home.
Windows – Windows are the single biggest energy wasters in your home. Your windows must seal tightly. If they don’t, heat will escape out of them causing your cooler to work overtime. If you make sure your windows fit tightly into the frame when closed, you can significantly cut the utility bill. It sounds like a small thing, but it really ads up.
Programmable Thermostat – Cooling your home accounts for more then 60 percent of your utility bill in the summer. While a cool home is necessary for basic living in the summer, the home doesn’t need to be cold all of the time. If there are periods during the day where nobody is home because of work or school, a programmable thermostat can be used to slash your cooling costs. Simply program the thermostat to turn off during the relevant time and turn back on before anyone gets home. Cutting four to eight hours off of your cooling needs each day will add up quickly on your utility bill.