Summer’s here, but while the temperature is rising, your energy costs don’t have to. Count on ENERGY STAR to show you how to keep your energy bills under control, all while protecting the climate.
TOP 5 TIPS TO KEEP COOL THIS SUMMER
1. Keep the Heat Out
2. Keep the Cool In
3. Maintain Your Cooling System
4. Be a Fan of Fans
5. Look for the ENERGY STAR
If your home experiences hot ceilings and walls, uneven temperatures between rooms or high energy bills, consider adding insulation in your attic. This will help maintain desired temperatures throughout your home and help lower energy bills.
Replacing your windows? ENERGY STAR certified windows reduce the “heat gain” into your home more than typical windows, without reducing the visible light. So, you can enjoy the sunlight, without the heat!
Close window shades and drapes in warm weather to keep out the sun’s heat.
Learn how to choose the right size room air conditioner for comfort and savings. An oversized unit will cool the room but only remove some of the humidity, leaving the room with a damp, clammy feeling.
Sealing and insulating your home can save you up to $200 in annual utility bills. Find air leaks around your house and seal them with spray foam, caulk, and weather-stripping. Seal and insulate the cooling system ducts in your attic.
Follow the instructions and use the insulation materials included with your room air conditioner to minimize costly and uncomfortable air leaks. ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners come with clear instructions and high-quality insulation to create a better seal and improve comfort and savings.
Schedule a summer cooling system tune up.
Check your air filter every month. If it’s dirty, change it. At a minimum, change your air filter every three months.
Choose a new ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat to get demonstrated energy savings and environmental benefits, reliable performance, and convenience, insight, and control.
If you have a manual or programmable thermostat, set the temperature to save energy when you’re asleep or away from home.
ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fans move more air using less power. In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you "feel" cooler. On hotter days, raising the thermostat by only two degrees and using a ceiling fan can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 14%. Remember, ceiling fans cool you, not the room. So, turn it off when you leave the room.
Use an ENERGY STAR certified vent fan after a shower to reduce humidity.
Make the cool choice with an ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner. You’ll get cool comfort, energy savings, and improved sealing and insulation around the unit — and it’ll cost less than $75 per year to run!
ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners with connected functionality offer additional convenience, comfort and energy-savings, including the ability to:
- turn off the unit remotely using your phone or computer;
- schedule changes to temperature settings based on your needs;
- receive feedback on the energy use of the product.
If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a model that has earned the ENERGY STAR could cut your cooling costs by 30%.
Replace those old, hot incandescent light bulbs with much cooler ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs produce about 70-90% less heat, so they’re safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that automatically adjusts heating and cooling temperature settings in your home for optimal performance. ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats:
- Are Wi-Fi enabled to allow you to control your home’s heating and cooling remotely through your smartphone.
- Quickly enter a low-power standby mode when inactive.
If everyone used an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat, savings would grow to $740 million dollars per year.