1. Check you air conditioner filter monthly
and replace it as needed. Also consider using a
programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures when
nobody is home.
2. Run your clothes dryer early in the morning or
late in the evening. Also remember to clean the
lint filter and exhaust duct work.
3. Run your clothes washing machine in the morning
or late in the evening. Also try using cold water
detergents when washing your clothes.
4. Run your dish washing machine in the morning
or late in the evening and only when it is full
of dirty dishes.
5. Install window blinds, screens, awnings or tints
on windows facing the south and west. Angle horizontal
blinds so sunlight streams up to reduce the heat
coming in and provide free natural light. When closed
and lowered, highly reflective blinds can reduce
6. Convert your incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent
or led light bulbs. Canned or recessed lights can
be a source of air leaks. Selecting “IC” (insulation
contact) models or install approved covers over
non-IC models to help stop the air leaks.
7. Turn your thermostat up to 78 degrees or higher
and use ceiling fans to adjust for conform and increased
air flow. Start by adjusting your ceiling fan to
its lowest speed and increase as necessary. Many
factors affect how quickly an indoor space cools,
so keep the cool air inside circulating and the
hot air outside out by keeping external doors closed
as much as possible.
8. When a room is unoccupied turn everything off
and if appliances are not being used unplug them.