7 Online Resources That Will Help You Reduce Your Cooling Costs

Save money on cooling energy costsAre you looking for ways to reduce your cooling costs this summer? There is a lot of information on the web that is written to help you do just that.

We have collected a list of three reliable online resources that will help you identify some quick, do-it-yourself tips to cut your air conditioning energy use this summer.

ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is a government-run program designed to help homeowners easily identify energy-saving products. They produce the ENERGY STAR label, which is awarded to high efficiency heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical products shown to significantly reduce energy use.

The ENERGY STAR website has a large section dedicated to reducing your energy bills and many of the tips will help you save on your cooling costs.

Notable Links:

  • Cooling Challenge – Great DIY tips as well as ways you can reduce your cooling costs by purchasing qualified ENERGY STAR products.
  • Using Your Programmable Thermostat – A video that helps you understand the benefits of a programmable thermostat and also walks you through its basic functions.
  • Home Advisor – An online tool that gives you advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of your entire home.

Energy Savers

Like ENERGY STAR, Energy Savers is a government program. As a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Savers is a great resource for ways to save on your Framingham area home’s energy costs.

Notable Links:

  • Tips: Air Conditioners – Helpful, everyday things you can do (like using an interior fan) to help you save on your cooling costs.
  • Energy Savers Guide – A downloadable PDF that walks you through different ways to cut your home’s energy use. For air conditioning savings, check out the sections on air leaks and insulation, heating and cooling, and windows.

NSTAR

As Framingham’s local utility company, NSTAR has a wide range of available online resources designed to help you cut your energy use. The tools we found especially helpful on NSTAR’s website were interactive calculators that help you determine exactly how much money you will save by performing specific actions.

Notable Links:

  • Thermostat setback calculator – Not convinced that a programmable thermostat will actually save you money on your cooling costs? This interactive tool will immediately show you how much you can save by changing your thermostat by a few degrees.
  • Home Energy Calculator – If you want the most detailed online analysis you can get on your home’s energy use, check out this tool. While it does require a lot of information from you, it also provides great energy-saving options.

These online resources will help you diagnose areas in your home that may be wasting your energy. For more detailed information on increasing the efficiency of your home, contact Nicholson plumbing, heating, and air conditioning online or by calling 508-858-5476.

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