It’s about that time of year again to start thinking about those high summer cooling bills. With electric rates continuing to rise, that certainly is a concern. Fortunately, there are several cost-effective measures to reduce costs:
- Use programmable thermostats and set the temperature higher when you’re away from home.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day
- Change A/C filters regularly
- Get your duct work checked for leaks. PG&E says this can save you up to 20% year-round.
- Make sure your outside A/C is clear of obstructions, and keep it clean of dust, and debris!
Most homes built over 15 years ago have less than 6 inches of attic insulation. New standard and PG&E recommendations are at least 10 inches. The newest and most exciting way to reduce cooling costs is to use a cool clean, filtered outside air with Mother Nature’s free cooling. Instead of old, rather expensive way to operate, where whole house fans pulled in unfiltered air through the windows, these new systems introduce fresh, filtered air that is delivered through the existing duct system into each room of the house. In most cases, the cost of switching over to the new system is paid back in savings within 5 years!