HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Temperatures are rising, and if you are staying cool indoors, that means your bills are rising with the temperatures. There are many ways that you can save money and beat the summer heat.
Ruchi Singhal is the Executive Director for Nexus Energy Center. Nexus is a non-profit organization that efforts to create a smart energy future for Alabama through education, conservation, efficiency and renewable generation.
Singhal says the most common mistake people make is leaving their windows open during the day. Keeping your windows open when your air conditioning is on makes your unit work twice as hard. It is also important to find a temperature that's comfortable and keep it on that temperature. Changing the temperature frequently can also make your bill start to climb. Singhal says, "the temperature you set you AC on is also important find a temperature that you and your family is comfortable with and do that." She recommends starting at 76 degrees and working your way down if that is too hot for you.
It is also important to make sure your house is not leaking. "Places around your doors or your windows sometimes are leaking and that's money going out the window and you don't want that to happen," says Singhal. Although that sounds like it would be an expense fix, it is actually a cheap and easy fix. All you need to do is seal up your door frames and windows with silicone.
An easy and affordable solution would be investing in more ceiling fans or portable fans. "If you have a fan running it is low energy cost but you can get some nice motion of air and you won't feel like you are siting in static, hot air in your building," Singhal explains.
Investing in blinds or curtains can also help keep your home cool. Covering your windows during the summer months will keep the sun from heating up your home.
Nexus has plenty of ways to save energy. They also will also tell you how to make your home more energy-efficient.