Our rising energy costs have many people thinking about ways to lower their monthly electric bill. Yet, this can be tricky in the summer when you have to run your air conditioner most of the time. The Texas summer heat doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Here are a few tips to help you lower your cooling costs this summer.
1. Raise your thermostat. Moving your thermostat from 75 to 80 will lower your consumption by 15%. You won’t notice the difference, especially if you make the adjustment when your building is unoccupied.
2. Take a look at your windows. Newer energy efficient windows with double panes are ideal for keeping out Texas summer heat. At the very least, cover your windows with heavy curtains or shades to keep out heat.
3. Check for leaks. Take a look at all the windows and doors around your building or hire a professional to check your systems for you. You may be surprised to learn how much cool air is leaving your building from leaks.
4. Dress appropriately. There’s no reason for anyone to wear a coat during the summer in Texas. Wear light, loose fitting clothing so you will be more comfortable in a warmer environment. This makes the higher temperature less noticeable.