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7 Hot Tips to Cool Your Home This Summer
Summer is right around the corner, which means higher temperatures and more humidity in many areas of the country. Keeping your house cool can lead to increased electricity use, and that can lead to higher electricity costs. 

Follow our 7 energy-efficiency tips to beat the heat and keep your home cool and comfortable, while saving electricity. 

  • Service Your AC: Have a certified professional check your air conditioning (AC) unit to ensure it’s in good shape and ready to perform in high temperatures. To keep your AC running optimally, remember to change your filter as often as the manufacturer’s instructions recommend. 
  • Smart Programming: A web-programmable “smart” thermostat can save you money—as much as 10 percent on your annual electric cooling bill. You will have the power to control your home's temperature remotely (on your computer or smart phone), so it's just right when you walk in the door. 
  • Allow Air to Flow Freely: Make sure that your furniture, plants, and other objects aren’t blocking air registers and vents in your home. This will allow cooled air to circulate freely. Also, remove plants, dirt, twigs, branches, and grass clippings surrounding the outdoor AC unit for uninterrupted air circulation. 
  • Cover Windows: Closing curtains, drapes, and blinds on sun-facing windows helps block rays that naturally increase indoor temperatures.​
  • A Bright Idea: Replace old incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs to save electricity all year long. During the summer, shut your lights off and take advantage of the extended period of daylight (from windows that don’t directly face the sun) when possible. 
  • Seal Cracks: Did you know that air leaking through cracks and openings can account for up to 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption? Use caulk or weather-stripping to seal cracks and openings to prevent cooled air from escaping. Don’t forget the doggie door—remove your pet door frame and install weather-stripping around the opening. 
  • Cook Outside: On warmer days, keep the heat out of your home by cooking with an outdoor grill instead of using indoor ovens. Make sure to follow all safety instructions when cooking with a grill. If you are cooking inside, use a microwave oven when possible to cook efficiently and to minimize heat buildup in the kitchen. 
For more energy-saving tips, check out EEI’s More Than 100 Ways to Improve Your Electric Bill​ booklet.