Soaring temperatures usually coincide with a soaring electric bill. Central air conditioning can account for almost half of it, but that doesn’t mean you need to swelter to save money.
The list of tips is seemingly endless. It can start with more complicated measures, such as installing a programmable thermostat and sealing every nook and cranny. Don’t overlook the simpler steps, though. Remember to properly maintain air conditioners and furnaces, and hang room-darkening curtains and thick shades. Think about the time of day you’re using “hot” appliances, such as the clothes dryer, stove and dishwasher. Try to use them early in the morning or late at night and not in the full force of the summer sun.
Even with central AC, which works on the whole house, including rooms not in use, a window air conditioner can efficiently cool small spaces. Further, a few good fans can efficiently cool a room. These days, tower fans are all the rage. Check out the Sunpentown SF-1521 which comes with a remote, or the Air King 9215 Oscillating Tower Fan – two top-rated tower fans. Research before you buy, and think about things like the quietness of the fan and air output. These will factor into your decision based on the room in which they’ll be used.