4 tips for keeping your home cool without breaking the bank

How to win the battle between comfort and cost

When you were a kid, did your parents keep the house uncomfortably warm in the summer and practically freezing in the winter in the name of "the budget"? Did you dream of a day when you’d have your own home and become the ruler of the thermostat?

Last year, Erin bought her first home and finally took control of the thermostat. But before long a battle ensued between comfort and cost. When Erin's fiancé walked through the door in the afternoon, like clockwork, he questioned why the house was so hot and turned the smart thermostat down to a cool 72. Erin responded by stealthily using her Cox Homelife app to turn the temperature back up without him knowing. They did this dance until the sun went down and the house finally cooled off. But constantly changing the thermostat setting only wasted more energy and money.

Last year, Erin's June electricity bill was $135.16 and her household energy usage was 1077 kwh. This year, determined to stay cool and save some money, she researched ways to keep her home comfortable during the summer without breaking the bank. By implementing some easy strategies, Erin lowered her June electricity bill by $21 and reduced energy usage by 167 kwh (without sacrificing comfort).

As the long days of hot, humid summer set in, try out these 4 tips to keep your home cool without breaking the bank:

1. Check your lights According to the Department of Energy, 90% of the energy incandescent lights use is given off as heat. Turn off incandescent lights whenever they’re not needed to keep a room cooler. Better yet, switch to smart LED lighting that you can control from your phone.

2. Inspect your air filter

A dirty air filter makes your heating system work harder. Make sure to replace your air filter regularly, or invest in a reusable filter that you can clean.

3. Take control with a smart thermostat

Use a smart thermostat to automatically lower the temperature at night and increase it while you’re away. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 a year. There are several affordable smart thermostats on the market that can be integrated with smart home hubs like Cox Homelife, Alexa or Google Home.

4. Set your ceiling fans to spin counterclockwise

During colder months, ceiling fans rotate clockwise to push the warm air down from the ceiling. Switch your ceiling fans to spin counterclockwise in the summer to create a comfortable breeze. It’s usually as easy as flipping a switch on the side of the fan motor.

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