The following is by Jayne McBurney, a family and consumer educator with the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, call her at 919-989-5380.
A long winter and short spring remind us that summer temperatures will be here soon. Cooling your home in the summer can require more than half of your energy budget. So just how do you reduce your energy demands this summer? Simple solutions such as these can lower your energy bill:
Leaks around windows and doors mean that cool air is getting out. Some leaks will be apparent to homeowners, but frequently, larger leaks in the attic and basement lose more cool air than the obvious ones. Homeowners can often find large gaps around pipes, light fixtures, chimneys and soffits. Some sealing projects are appropriate for do-it-yourselfers, while others might require the assistance of a professional.
Reducing your energy needs benefits you, the consumer, and the larger community. Keeping your cooling bill in check leaves more money to meet other obligations.