Cooling Energy and Savings Tips

Energy consumption for home air conditioning accounts for almost 5% of all the electricity produced in the U.S. and costs homeowners over $11 billion annually, emitting roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide. Before you consider upgrading your cooling equipment, the cheapest way to save money and energy from cooling is to reduce the need for mechanical air conditioning in the first place. There are many ways to cool off your home without ever having to turn on the A/C.

A home energy audit is one of the best ways to learn how much energy your home uses and be advised on the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy use.
There are several types of air conditioners available, and knowing what's best for your home can lead to wise energy use in the hot summer months.
If you seal up the ductwork, windows, and other leaks in the house, this can also reduce the AC size needed.
Proper maintenance of your cooling system can reduce energy use and extend its lifetime.
Each degree you are able to raise the thermostat, will save you 3–5% on air conditioning costs.
Attic radiant barriers can reduce cooling costs by 8% to 12%.
Central fans can make your air conditioner's job easier while saving you money.
When replacing your roof or painting your house, using light-colored or other "cool" roofing and siding products can reduce your peak cooling demand by 10-15%.