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Tips For Cooling Your Home Without Heating Your Budget

Don’t sweat it out this summer!

This blog post is sponsored by ADT.

The temperature’s soaring and so are your utility bills. Looks like summer is making you break into a sweat in more ways than one! But don’t lose your cool because here are some ways to you can keep your home cool without breaking the bank. And bonus! You’d be playing your part in saving the environment too!

Figure out the problem areas. Get an energy assessment of your home. The assessment will tell you how efficient your cooling system is. Do you have air leaks? An under-insulated attic? These are the spaces in your home that are wasting energy. And an assessment can tell you that too. Your utility company might offer free or low-cost assessments. But for all you DIYers, there’s an online tool here.

Efficiency is the name of the game. Look out for the Energy Guide on your refrigerator and AC. This should give you an idea about their energy consumption and the lower the better. Also, appliances marked with an Energy Star label meet certain criteria for efficiency set by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Seal and insulate. Seal air leaks around windows, doors and parts of the walls from where pipes and wires come through. Check ducts for holes and gaps where sections have separated and air may be leaking. You can seal some of them yourself!

Keep everything ship-shape.  Bump up your thermostat before going out, there’s no reason to have full cooling when you’re not there to enjoy it! Make sure that the filter of your AC is clean by checking it regularly.

Look for offers! Ask your local utility about cash rebates, low-interest loans, tax breaks, or other incentives for buying energy efficient products, and how you can qualify.

Long term plans. Installing new, energy-efficient windows might be expensive initially, but works very well in the long run. They will reduce the air-leaks in your home and protect you and your furniture from harmful UV rays. And, even better, the value of your property will increase too!

So, make your home green and save money and the environment this summer!

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Craig Foster July 16, 2012 at 04:04 PM
One tip that will really help your budget is choosing the Balance Billing option that National Grid allows you to do. This way you pay the same amount every month instead of having big fluctuations in the bill. The bill amount only changes every six months when they review usage and I have seen from using it the both my electric and gas bill only change by $5-7 per month when they make the adjustment based on your usage for the last 12 months,
Phe July 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
This is what we've done and it is definitely worth it, especially since, as tenants, we can't control a lot of the energy saving recommendations that agencies like this put out every year.
mplo August 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Great essay! Here's another tip for saving energy during the summer months: Most, if not all A/C's have an "Economy" mode, which makes the A/C act as a thermostat by turning itself on and off to maintain the set temperature. Putting the A/C on the "Energy Saver" or "Economy" mode when one leaves the house for any length of time is also helpful in saving energy.
Josh Chace August 12, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I would never do the "Economy" mode from the Electric Company. They're almost always making out with extra money from you in that case. Especially considering they do things 6 months at a time. When can you remember using the same amount of electricity in June, than you did in December? Yes, your dollar amounts don't have large jumps.. but that doesn't mean you're saving money. I'd rather go the summer months paying $80, $80, $80 in Electricity, then dropping that down to $30 in the winter, than give National Grid one extra penny of my money.
david mokal August 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
MPLO I took all of the big boys out 10,000,12,000 and replace with 5,000 but put in each room that I needed and have saved a bundle and am getting the same results. But it is very important to keep those filters spotless NO DUST that makes it more efficient. Changed all the shades to SUNBLOCKERS. 5 rooms high ceilings and I can keep it real cool inside.

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