A SIMPLE cooling technique can save hundreds of dollars on your energy bills.
Homeowners and renters can reduce their air conditioning usage by almost 80 percent with a trick called passive cooling.
Passive cooling is a building design approach that prevents heat from entering, but also removes heat from the building.
In addition, it enables cooling without the use of fans, pumps, air conditioning or other energy sources.
The technique is typically useful in hot and humid climates.
Implementing the cost-saving design could be something homeowners can find in new builds.
However, if you are buying an older home or buying one for rent, you can still get lucky.
According to the National Association of Realtors, some features can be retrofitted into existing homes.
This simple solution can probably save hundreds of electricity bills.
How much is the air conditioning?
According to Learn Metrics, running your high-end air conditioner can cost around 88 cents an hour.
Assuming it’s used eight hours a day, that’s about $211 a month.
Tenants and homeowners can, however, use simple means to significantly reduce the need for air conditioning or even do without it altogether.
Things like window fixtures, blinds, blinds, or curtains drastically reduce the amount of heat entering your space, since according to the Department of Energy (DOE), over 75 percent of sunlight entering through standard double-glazed windows is converted to heat.
REDUCE YOUR BENEFITS
Besides implementing passive cooling, there are other simple tricks to reduce power consumption and put money in your pocket.
Turning off the lights when you leave a room is not only a great sustainability measure, it can also save you money.
In addition, it also increases the lifespan of your light bulbs, resulting in lower costs overall.
The amount that occupants can save really depends on the type of bulbs they choose, as the savings are based on wattage.
For example, we use a 40 watt light bulb.
If you pay an electricity rate of 10 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), you could save 0.4 cents by turning off your lightbulb for an hour.
It might not seem like a huge savings, but if you have higher wattage and lots of lightbulbs, turning off those lightbulbs can be a huge money saver.
An easy-to-install switch can save you up to $48 on electricity bills — including longer-lasting lightbulbs.
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