MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Heat indices are expected to exceed 100 degrees each afternoon this week. With many Mid-South families working from home or finding themselves pinching pennies, here are five low or no-cost tips to help keep your electric bill in check while trying to beat the heat.
- Make sure you keep your windows locked. This helps create a tighter seal against the weather stripping which helps keep the cool air in and the warm air out.
- Close your curtains and blinds. This can reduce your home’s heat gain by almost 40% by reflecting the sun’s solar radiation away from the house instead of absorbing it, much like light-colored clothing works.
- Use fans whenever possible. A ceiling fan can help a room feel almost 6 degrees cooler by creating a wind chill. That means you could set your thermostat a few degrees higher.
- Help keep your HVAC system running efficiently by replacing or cleaning air filters every 1-3 months. These are way more affordable than fixing a broken AC system.
- Put off chores that create a bunch of heat until later in the day. Things like using the dryer, dishwasher or stove generate a lot of heat and can put a strain on your AC system.
Put these tips into practice today. They will hopefully help keep your electric bill manageable.
Cox Media Group