Stretch your dollar keeping your home cool

GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — We are in the humid months of the summer and keeping your house cool can cost a pretty penny.  When we think about keeping our homes cool, many of us think about the expensive bill that follows but I found you can have cool air without sacrificing your budget.

Grilling is a delicious summertime activity and according to TV show host and home improvement expert Danny Lipford, taking your cooking outside is also a great way to save money because the heat stays out there.

It’s not the only way to save.  If you have a ceiling fan, make sure you’re using it properly.

“As you’re looking up at them, make sure they’re counter-clockwise. That will cool, not just the room, but it’ll cool you so you’re wasting money if you leave your ceiling fan on and you’re not in the room yourself,” he said.

It may sound obviously, but simply closing your curtains and blinds will keep your home cooler. Do your chores like dishwashing during off-peak hours to save energy. Also, take note of air leaks and cracks in your home.

“If you were to put all of those cracks together, if you could physically do that on a house, it may represent an entire window staying open, all the time.”

Lipford showed us how you can weatherize your own home with a cheap can of caulk. He says combine these small steps, see big financial results.

“You really, realistically, can cut 30% off your cooling bill this summer by doing just a few of these simple things,” he added.

Here’s another he gave us: when you’re closing vents to limit the number of rooms air flow, don’t close the vent completely. You may not know this, but systems are designed to support a certain amount of square footage, reducing that number could make your system run inefficiently and potentially shorten its life.

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