Cooling tips

Enjoy cool savings with an energy-efficient home

Cooling accounts for about 17% of your home's annual energy bill. With a little know-how, you can cut costs without sacrificing your cool summer comfort.

Cooling tips Skill level Cost range Savings
Buy ENERGY STAR® certified air conditioners.
Replace your central air conditioning unit with an ENERGY STAR certified model to cut your cooling costs by up to 30%.
Basic to professional $200-$1,000+ Up to 30% annually
Install a programmable thermostat.
Programming your thermostat to reduce your air conditioning when you don't need it can result in cost savings on your cooling bill.
Basic $25-$250 Up to $180 annually
Minimize indoor heat generation.
Change the times of day you use appliances that heat the air, and turning off lights when not needed.
Basic Free Varies
Install a ceiling fan.
An energy-efficient way to cool your home in the summer months and circulate warm air in winter.
Advanced $100-$200 $165 over 10 years
Insulate your home.
Adding or upgrading insulation helps save energy year-round, keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Advanced to professional Varies About $200 annually
Properly seal leaks by weatherstripping.
Weatherstripping is a cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve your household's comfort by reducing drafts.
Basic to advanced $50-$350 Up to 20%