As the temperature has been upwards of 305 kelvin lately, I’ve been sweating in my apartment even while the air conditioner pumps and while wearing less clothing than what is socially acceptable in public. Hence, my electricity bill has shot up from the $40s to the $70s, with the next bill expected to be $90. The truth is I don’t use energy efficiently.
While I do not have control over my appliances which appear as if they were built in the early 1980s, before the EnergyStar campaign, I may benefit by following some suggestions from MSN Money’s 25 Cheap Ways to Keep Your House Cooler.
Many of the tips won’t apply to apartment-dwellers like myself, but there are some useful hints. Here are some I plan on implementing or have already done:
* I should add a fan to move the air around more, which will allow me to set the thermostat higher (less cool).
* I already replaced most of my incandescent lightbulbs with fluorescent.
* A lot of air leaks to the outside from my apartment around doors and windows. I should add weather stripping.
* Turn off my “entertainment center” power strips when not in use.
Updated August 4, 2006 and originally published August 3, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.