Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips for Your Home
Provided by energy.gov
Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the warm spring and summer months.
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Here you’ll find strategies to help you save energy during the spring and summer when the weather is warm and you are trying to keep your home cool. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the spring and summer.
USE YOUR WINDOWS TO GAIN COOL AIR AND KEEP OUT HEAT
If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping.
When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.
Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows.
OPERATE YOUR THERMOSTAT EFFICIENTLY
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
Also see the ENERGY STAR® June 5, 2008, podcast for video instructions on operating your programmable thermostat.
Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.