1. Take things up a notch. One way to save energy and reduce your cooling costs is to set your air conditioner up just a few degrees. Especially on a very hot day (80+), it takes a lot of energy to keep your home at say, 75 degrees. Adjust the temp up to 78 degrees and while you'll still remain comfortable, you'll save on your cooling costs. According to Petro Heating and Cooling, you'll save 6-8% of your cooling costs for each degree above 78 degrees!
2. Save while you're away. There's no need to keep your house super cool while you aren't home, so set the temp up a few degrees when you aren't home. A common misconception associated with thermostats is that an air conditioner will have to work harder than normal to cool the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. But, in actuality, as soon as your house rises above its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly. So according to Energy.gov, "A higher interior temperature will slow the flow of heat into your house, saving energy on air conditioning."
3. Chill out a little. When it comes to doing laundry, cooking, baking, and other tasks that generate heat, save them for the cool of the evening (and enjoy an excuse to chill out during the day).
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