SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Shelby Johnson rarely turns on her air conditioning during the summer.
“I’m going to lower the curtains, the blinds, whatever,” Johnson said.
Closing curtains in rooms exposed to direct sunlight will help keep warm air out and cooler air inside.
Johnson says she saves on her utility bill during the summer, but she’s not compromising on her comfort.
“We have ceiling fans, a pedestal fan here,” Johnson said.
Circulating the air will help keep it cooler.
Joel Alexander of Springfield City Utilities said, “Ideally 78 degrees is what we recommend. We want you to be at a comfortable temperature where you feel comfortable and safe in your home.
For every degree you raise your thermostat above 78, you’ll save about 3-5% on your utility bill.
“For me it’s not hot, as long as I’m not sweating I’m comfortable,” Johnson said.
If you’re going for the day, turn up your air conditioning.
“Keep your house at the same temperature all day. When you don’t use it, you lose an opportunity to save on your energy costs, ”said Alexander.
Just like in winter, you also need to seal air leaks in summer.
“You have your windows sealed, caulked, the same with your door,” Alexander said.
These simple steps now will help you save on your bill before the peak heat months of August and September.
Make sure all of your HVAC equipment and systems meet the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. This will help them work more efficiently and save on energy costs.
Summer efficiency checklist
- Set the thermostat to the highest temperature for your comfort. 78 degrees is the recommended temperature
- Close curtains and blinds during the day to keep the heat out
- Change the air filters
- Seal air spaces around windows and doors. This will keep the cooler air inside and the warmer air outside
- Use fans to feel cooler. Turn them off when you leave the room
- Make sure the ceiling fans are rotating counterclockwise which will blow cool air towards the floor
- Avoid activities that add heat or humidity to your home
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