Lucky you. You've got air-conditioning.
Lucky you. You've got AC bills.
Here's how to save a little cold cash while you chill - so you don't have to worry about the bill (too much).
Open the windows to take advantage of night's naturally cooler air.
Suffer a little heat now, reap the monetary rewards next month.
Light=heat=harder-working AC. 'Nuff said.
You'll save money here by helping the chilled air circulate.
Close curtains and blinds during the day in rooms that aren't being used.
White shades reflect light and heat better than darker ones. Awnings help, too.
Check your home's doors and windows for cracks or gaps that allow hot air to seep in. Recaulk if necessary. Make sure your home is well-insulated.
Change your AC filter every three months.
It generates heat, too. (Sorry, kids!)
For more ways to save, see the May Home Checklist.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.