Staying Cool and Saving Money

Temperatures in the Tri-state area are expected to heat up this week. For many families, this means cranking the air conditioner, but that comes at a cost. Here are some tips to save energy and cool down your home at little to no cost.

  • Set your thermostat a few degrees higher and use fans to circulate the cool air.

  • Close your blinds or curtains to insulate your room and keep the hot sunlight out.

  • Do not place lamps or TVs near the thermostat. That causes the thermostat to run the air conditioning unnecessarily.

  • Appliances create heat. Limiting your usage will bring your bill down and stop your air conditioning unit from compensating for the extra heat. If at all possible cook outdoors as an alternative to using the oven. Anytime you cook in the house you have to use energy to heat up the food then you also have to use more energy to cool the house back down after heating up all that food. Moving that heat outside saves twice the energy.

  • Planting trees or shrubs around your air conditioning unit will shade the unit and it will use less electricity. Be sure to maintain adequate clearance around the unit to allow for good airflow.

  • Don’t set the thermostat at a colder setting than normal just to cool down the house faster. The house cools at the same speed no matter what the thermostat is set at.

  • Use the dryer and dishwasher at night when temperatures are already cooler.

Staying cool doesn’t have to be expensive if you play it smart. Just think of all the money you could put in your Hancock County Savings Bank Savings Account instead of sending it to the Electric Company.


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