Four ways to survive heat wave – and keep energy bills down
As America blasts its ACs and put its fans on overdrive to try to cope with the heat wave, it will use a lot of energy – which costs a lot of money. More than 40 percent of a typical home’s utility bill goes toward cooling costs.
Here are four tips for keeping energy costs down and still staying cool.
3. Rely on a fan-AC combo
Good ceiling fans complement air conditioners, and they allow homeowners to raise the thermostat by about 4 degrees without sacrificing comfort levels, according to the Energy Department.
“We set our temperature at 78 degrees, and with a quiet, giant ceiling fan, we feel comfortable,” Chu says. “The combination does the trick.”