If you are like many homeowners, you’ve probably decided that this year you’ll be cutting down on your cooling costs. Just like you did last year. Or the year before that.

Using your air conditioner more sparingly might sound like a good idea during the spring. But when the summer heat sets in, it’s not very hard to break that promise to yourself. Sooner or later, you’ll crack down and crank the thermostat so you can finally enjoy a breath of cool air in your home.

You’re not alone. A lot of homeowners find that their efforts to cut down on cooling cost end exactly the same. Unless you have your air conditioner maintained by professional such as Hughes Air and unless you use natural ways to cool down this summer, the results will always be the same.

Fortunately, in this article, we are going to give you a few tips on how you can cut down on your energy consumption this summer and still enjoy a cool home.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

If you really want to keep your home cool at all times while your family is there, getting a programmable thermostat may be the best solution. Programmable thermostats are just what their name implies: devices that can let you program your cooling routine.

This means that you can set the air conditioner to cycle off whenever there’s no one at home. Even better, you can set it so it powers an hour or so before you get home. You’ll come back to a cool home without running the air conditioner throughout the day and wasting valuable resources (and money).

Your air conditioner will work more efficiently and will keep your home cool and dehumidifier. It won’t have to run all the time, which will help you save a lot on your cooling costs this summer.

Use Your Fans

The only fan that shouldn’t be running all day is the one that’s in your air conditioner. Running it can really ramp up your monthly bills and humidify your air. Using that fan will also wear your HVAC out earlier, which could lead to expensive air conditioner maintenance.

Cooling Fans

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However, if you use any other fans such as ceiling fans or standard fans, you can help circulate the cool air and save a lot on cooling. Ceiling fans can help keep the cool air from escaping your home, so together with your air conditioner can make for an effective way to save on cooling costs.

Take Your Cooking Outside

No matter how much you try to cool your home down, if you keep constantly reheating it, your air conditioner will spend more energy trying to achieve the desired setting. One of the most common ways we work against our air conditioner is cooking.

It’s already hot outside, so we think that cooked food is not really the best idea in the summer. However, if you can’t base your diet on cold soups and salads, we suggest another way you could keep your home cool: take the kitchen outside.

Summer is the ideal month for barbecuing, and by using an outdoor grill you’ll be saving double: both on your cooling bill and on using the oven or the stove.

Replace Your Air Conditioner

Finally, in some cases, the best way to save on your cooling bills is to retire your old air conditioner. If you’ve had it for over ten years, it may not be as efficient as it was when you first got it. Even with all the professional repairs, it might just be outdated and making you pay more than you should. Getting a replacement air conditioner can help you save more than 20% on your cooling bill. In the long term, that seems like a fair investment.