High Heat Tips to Lower Electric Bill

With the rising temperatures outside and no relief in sight, we've taken some steps to help keep our air conditioner from running 24/7.

For one I put a white curtain over our outside storm door window. Alot of heat was building up between the doors and heating up the living room. I have also started keeping all window shades pulled down and the curtains drawn shut during the sunny parts of the day. My cats aren't happy they cannot see outside, but the house is at least 10 degrees cooler!

If you can afford it applying sheets of the shade cling to your windows on the sunny side will also help plus you can still see outside.

If you have ceiling fans use them! Be sure that they are blowing up to circulate the air. Heat rises and you want to draw the cooler air up. If you don't have ceiling fans but regular fans, place them on a shelf pointing at an angle to circulate the air.

Also do not bake or dry laundry during the daytime. Do these things early morning or late night when the sun is down. Using your toaster ovens, crock pots and other table top cookers to prepare meals also helps.

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tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

Lowering all the window shades keeps the house much cooler. Good advice!

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