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Tips For Cooling Your Home Without Heating Your Budget

Don’t lose your cool because here are some ways to you can keep your home cool without breaking the bank.

This blog post is sponsored by ADT.

The temperature’s soaring and so are your utility bills. Looks like summer is making you break into a sweat in more ways than one! But don’t lose your cool because here are some ways to you can keep your home cool without breaking the bank. And bonus! You’d be playing your part in saving the environment too!

Figure out the problem areas. Get an energy assessment of your home. The assessment will tell you how efficient your cooling system is. Do you have air leaks? An under-insulated attic? These are the spaces in your home that are wasting energy. And an assessment can tell you that too. Your utility company might offer free or low-cost assessments. But for all you DIYers, there’s an online tool here.

Efficiency is the name of the game. Look out for the Energy Guide on your refrigerator and AC. This should give you an idea about their energy consumption and the lower the better. Also, appliances marked with an Energy Star label meet certain criteria for efficiency set by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Seal and insulate. Seal air leaks around windows, doors and parts of the walls from where pipes and wires come through. Check ducts for holes and gaps where sections have separated and air may be leaking. You can seal some of them yourself!

Keep everything ship-shape.  Bump up your thermostat before going out, there’s no reason to have full cooling when you’re not there to enjoy it! Make sure that the filter of your AC is clean by checking it regularly.

Look for offers! Ask your local utility about cash rebates, low-interest loans, tax breaks, or other incentives for buying energy efficient products, and how you can qualify.

Long term plans. Installing new, energy-efficient windows might be expensive initially, but works very well in the long run. They will reduce the air-leaks in your home and protect you and your furniture from harmful UV rays. And, even better, the value of your property will increase too!

So, make your home green and save money and the environment this summer!

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LMJ July 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Here's another tip, put your clothes outside to dry. It heats up your house. Oops, your subdivision doesn't allow it? Dry them in the basement. Oops, that creates humidity in the house and makes it warmer. Buy a dehumidifier for your house. Oops, that cost anywhere from $100 to $?. Can't afford that because you're unemployed or you've run out of money by the time you insulate your house? Sorry, out of luck.
Doremus Jessup July 17, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The State of Illinois is offering assistance on electric bills this summer. Here is a link there may be a better one but this can get you started. http://www.rrstar.com/updates/x558817582/Summer-Cooling-Program-offers-help-with-electric-bills Also, use a double door entrance/ exit if you have one of those.
Craig Apelbaum July 18, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I use my airconditioner.
Morgan Delack July 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Craig, even with my a/c on, it still can reach 80+ degrees in my house!
Me July 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Live within your means. If you are unemployed, use a fan.
LMJ July 18, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Nice. Great compassion. Yes, everyone who doesn't have any money to waste these days is just a deadbeat, right? Why don't you turn off your air during this heat wave and go fan yourself?
Scott Nelson July 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I leave my a/c at 71 and heat at 71. Natural gas is so cheap these days and Glencoe is part of that group to get cheaper electricity. Electricity is now 41% cheaper now. NO reason ever to be too warm or cold.
J July 19, 2012 at 05:07 AM
...sooo not cool. Still "wasting" natural resources
Courtney Schubert Shafron July 19, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Keep the blinds or curtains closed :)
Guido McGinty July 19, 2012 at 05:59 PM
71 sounds cool to me.
Scott July 19, 2012 at 06:11 PM
We go down to 77-78 and we're good.
Chi-an Chang July 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Thanks for sharing the link!
Chi-an Chang July 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Patch reader Jackie Nussbaum shares this tip: "In a two story home, close the first floor vents. The second story gets the cool air. The cool air drops to the first floor AND the bedrooms become cooler."
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