We are in the thick of summer and we can all use a few Daily Shortcuts to keep our homes cool and still save money.
These Shortcuts come from the Department of Energy's website, and will keep your home cool and your wallet even cooler:
Even if you have central air conditioning -- turn off the air, open a few windows, and turn on a room or ceiling fan. Even mild air movement, just one mile per hour, can make your home feel three or four degrees cooler. Use a ceiling fan or room fan when your air is on to circulate the cool air.
Use a programmable thermostate with your air conditioner to adjust the setting at night or when no one is home. Don't place lamps or TV sets near your air conditioning thermostat. The heat from these appliances will cause your air conditioner to run longer.
Also, close curtains or blinds on the south and west, facing windows during the day. This will prevent the sun from warming your room.