whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required...." ~ Luke 12:48
How to Cool Off Efficiently
Air conditioning a house with open shades or blinds in the hot sun is a losing
battle. When it's hot and sunny out, shade the windows of your house.
If possible, locate your air-conditioning unit in a shady spot instead of the
sun. A shaded air conditioner can be 10% more efficient than one in the sun.
Set the timer on your air conditioner so you're not cooling an empty house while
everyone is at work or school. You can set the unit to begin cooling an hour before you return home instead of wasting energy
running your air conditioner when no one's home.
You may have thought that air conditioners are a replacement for fans, but the
two can work hand in hand. Place fans around your home or install ceiling fans and you can comfortably raise the thermostat
a few degrees.
Clean the air filters every month and clean the air conditioner coils every year.
Also, be sure to check the system's refrigerant every two years. Low levels of refrigerant mean the system isn't performing
as efficiently as it could.
Maybe it is time to replace your old clunky A/C unit with a more efficient Energy
Star air conditioner. If everyone with a room air conditioner in the U.S. switched to Energy Star, they would prevent 1.2
billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions - the equivalent emissions from 100,000 cars - from entering the atmosphere.
When buying a new air conditioner, look for a unit with a slide-out filter that
is easy to clean regularly. Think about choosing a unit that has controls such as a digital thermostat and a built-in timer.