There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal.
But, using the oven and stove in your home introduces more heat into your home. Your central air conditioner works by removing heat from your home, the more heat you put into your home, the more it has to work. The more it works, the higher your AC bill. Things that you can do to minimize this problem by grilling some meals outside, trying some meals that don’t require to be cooked, and only using your oven or stove in the evenings and mornings when it is cooler outside. Just like your oven and your stove, when you use your dryer, you are introducing more heat into your home which raises your AC bills. When the weather permits, hang dry your clothes. Not only does this save on your energy bills, but your clothes will also last longer. Another way he can make its way into your home is through your windows. Blinds can reduce the heat gain into your home by up to 45%. Yet, most of us leave our blinds open all day, every day, even while we’re away from home. Instead, close your blinds. If you’re at home during the day and want some sunlight too, at least try to keep any west and south facing windows covered. If you are gone for 8 hours a day or more, leaving your thermostat at the same setting all day can cost you some serious cash. Instead, using a programmable thermostat that automatically raises the temperature when you leave and cools it back off before you get home, is a great solution to lower the cost of your energy usage every month.