Its A/C season and utility bills are going up. You already hit the lights when you leave a room, and the thermostats adjusted to account for the higher temps. What else could you do to lower your energy costs?
That Carolina sun does a great a job at heating your home. It's great during the winter, when you can pull back the curtains and enjoy the warmth. In the summer, it just makes the A/C work that much harder. White curtains kept drawn will reflect warmth away from your home and keep things cool.
Check Thermostat Location
Your thermostat controls your entire home’s temperature, so make the area it's in is kept cool. A lamp, computer or television can trick your thermostat into thinking the rest of your home is warmer than it is. With a little rearranging, your thermostat will actually be accurate, and give your A/C a break.
Replace Air Filter
Did you know that when your air filter is dirty, your HVAC system has to work harder? It’s true. Dirt and dust prevent air from flowing efficiently, driving your A/C into overdrive. By changing your air filter at least every three months, you can improve air flow in your home and save money in the process.