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During the summer months on Long Island, monthly averages can range from 78-82 degrees. With the weather being warm on the outside, many homeowners struggle to adapt ways to cool their homes without their electric bill skyrocketing. Many of the tips below are free and easy to incorporate daily within your household.  

5. Operate Your A/C Thermostat Efficiently

            When setting your thermostat, set it at a temperature that you find comfortable and provides humidity control. If possible, keep your indoor temperature just a few degrees between the indoor and outdoor temperatures. Programing your thermostat in this matter will ultimately lower the overall cooling needed. Another great tip is when you are away from home for long periods to keep your home warmer than usual. By using a programmable thermostat, you can keep your home warmer during the day say for when you are at work, and then lower the temperature at a specific temperature before you are home not to sacrifice comfort.


4.  Use Window Treatments to Keep Out Heat

            Although window treatments and drapes are commonly associated with home decoration, when picked carefully, some window treatments can prevent heat from entering your home via the sun. When looking at window treatments, there are two options, blinds, and drapes. Blinds, when entirely pulled down and closed over a window, can reduce up to 45% of the sunlight entering your home. Drapes can also reduce heat by closing draperies on windows that have sunlight entering the house; drapes can reduce up to 33% of the sun.

3. Install Energy Star Appliances and Energy-Efficient Lighting Fixtures

            An energy star appliance is one that has met the strict and rigorous energy-efficiency requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These appliances use less energy and also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For example, installing an Energy Star certified dishwasher have “smart” features that allow for less water usage.

2. Utilize a Ceiling Fan

            Installing a ceiling fan within your home can be a great addition; they are considered one of the most effective fans. Why? Because they circulate the air within the room to create a draft effect. Combined with air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat about four degrees Fahrenheit with no cutback on comfort.  

1. Go Solar!

            Installing a solar electric system on your home is one of, if not the best way to reduce your electric bill during the summer. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), residential electricity rates have risen at a rate of 4% over the last ten years in the United States. While pairing that with the cost of solar declining sharply over the previous ten years, there is no better time to go solar and reap the benefits!

References

Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips

U.S. Energy Information Administration – EIA – Independent Statistics and Analysis. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/report/electricity.php