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Summer Cool

Half of all heat enters your home through the windows.  Using a
thick shade or window film, especially over the west facing windows can
save up to 15 percent on your cooling bill.  OR shade those windows from
the outside by planting trees or installing window awnings.  Another way
is using solar screens on the outside of the windows.


For every degree you turn up your thermostat in summer, you save
2 percent on your electric bill.  With a ceiling fan running, you can raise
your thermostat 3 to 4 degrees without noticing a difference in your comfort
level due to the “wind chill” effect.


Dirty air conditioner filters prevent air flow and make your system
work harder which equates to a higher energy bill.   Filters cost only a few
dollars, but can save you much more if you change it out monthly.


CFL’s (compact fluorescent light), emits less heat than incandescent
bulbs.  Which means they do not add heat to your home’s air or make the air
conditioner work harder.  So, replace all the incandescent bulbs in your house
with cfls.  They cost more up front than incandescents, but they use 75 percent
less energy and cfls more than pay for themselves in their long lifespan.

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  1. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    These are all great tips to not only stay cooler, but to save money as well.

    I love the CFL’s. To me, they are the way to go, and I have almost the entire house converted.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Glad to hear that! It WILL reduce your electric bill!

  3. SteamboatEcobroker Says:

    I don’t use AC. I grew up without it and would rather sweat through the hot weather and breathe fresh air than have AC blasting on me. That said, I understand you can broil in a place. LowE windows are great way to reduce the amount of heat that gets absorbed.


  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Steamboat … I can tell that you do not live in Texas! LowE windows do their job well!

  5. Condo Blues Says:

    The window film didn’t work very well for me. I had a difficult to almost impossible time trying to put it on the windows smoothly. Instend I bought and installed rollar solar shades on my windows. They work great and allow a little more sunlight into the room (but not the heat) than the solar film did.

  6. Linda Says:

    hi Condo… good for you in getting the solar shades! Bet it helps in your bill as well!

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