6. With a central air conditioning system, it is important to leave all vents open – even in unused rooms. Closing individual vents does not save money and can actually cause damage to your system.
7. Ensure windows and doors are properly sealed. Weather stripping wears over time but is inexpensive to replace. Use caulking and weather stripping for the best seal.
8. Close blinds and draperies during the day to reduce light and the associated heat entering your home.
9. Use your microwave oven instead of your range/oven for cooking – or grill your food outside to eliminate the oven heating your home.
10. Arrange the contents of your refrigerator so that frequently used items are easily accessible. The longer the refrigerator door stays open, the longer it runs. Although your refrigerator keeps your food cool, it expels heat into your kitchen.
For your personal comfort, wear light clothing, avoid alcohol and caffeine and eat lightly during the summer months to help keep yourself cool. Always be sure to stay hydrated.