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Turning on the air conditioner every time you feel warm inside your home can quickly add to the monthly total on your energy bill. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to immediately cool the temperature inside your home.

Put Up Window Tint

Windows that let a lot of sunlight into your home can make the interior temperature go up in a hurry. One solution is to put window tint or window film onto these windows. This is a do it yourself project that can be done a couple of hours depending on how many windows you have. Window tint fits right on the surface of a window. It helps to reflect the sunlight so the room won’t become hotter as the day goes on. It’s best to put up window tint with the help of another person. There is some trimming involved in the process and it takes some skill to smooth out all of the air bubbles that may become trapped beneath the window film.

Hang White Curtains

If you have a window that allows a lot sunlight into your home, you may want to put up a pair of white curtains to cover it. White reflects the sunlight and lowers the temperature in a home. Plus, you only have to keep them closed during the warmest part of the day. You can open them in early morning, late afternoon or evening when the sunlight is not so powerful.

Adjust Your Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan is an attractive feature to have in a home, but it’s also a practical item. In the summertime, make sure that your fan is turning counterclockwise. This movement helps to deliver the cool air from your air conditioner around the home. You’ll enjoy your ceiling fan even more knowing that it is helping to cool off your home and saving on your monthly energy bills!

Avoid Using Heat Producing Appliances

Finally, using the stove or oven on a really hot day in the summertime can increase the temperature in your home. If you don’t need to make that casserole that takes a couple hours to bake, then skip it. Also, if you don’t need a boiled egg, a steaming cup of tea or a bowl of soup, then make something that doesn’t require you to turn on the stove.