Keeping Cool This Summer

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 9:35pm

As the sun blisters outside...

"Very hot, very humid."

People find their homes warming up on the inside.

"We've come to check and see what ways we can save money," said Norma Fuentes.

Fuentes lives in McAllen and she's looking for some energy saving deals.
Lowe's manager, Richard Demille says updating your home with an energy star air condition is the first step.

"It's gonna lower the cost to about 40% compared to a 10-year-old model A/C unit.

Keeping cool inexpensively this summer means you might want to invest in a ceiling fan as well.

"That would lower the temperature to about 6 degrees inside the room and it's only a few cents and hour to actually operate," said Demille.

Preventing hot air from entering and cool air from escaping is key. This is where caulk, spray foam and weather stripping comes into play. You want to apply these to hot spots around your house.

"Meaning windows, entrances to doors, maybe an entrance to the attic," said Demille.

Attics are the main source for heating and cooling loss...and more than 60% of homes across the US are under insulated.

"Shoot the temperature and see if it changes from that spot to maybe the ceiling, maybe next to a window...the underway of a door and if it rises considerably, then you know you're going to have a leak in air," said Demille.

By fixing air emissions alone, you could save up to 20% on your energy bill.

Especially now with everything you know the economy the way it is, trying to save money going off to vacation and stuff, you wanna save money any way you can.

...and as the summer continues to heat up, Fuentes remains hopeful.

"The outcome? Smaller electric bill, a very cool home," said Fuentes.

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