As heat goes up, keep costs down

Jun 7 2010

As heat goes up, keep costs down
As heat goes up, keep costs down
The temperature isn't the only thing that rises during the summer - the high costs of keeping rooms cool can get people just as hot. According to the Washington Examiner, homeowner's utility in Montgomery County, Washington should expect an average 300 percent jump in energy taxes until July 2010.

While this may not be as extreme all over the country the increase may be indicative of a growing trend. Homeowners may be able to help cut costs, however, by choosing the right blinds.

By making use of one's window blinds, the need for air conditioning may decrease. The Kansas State Research and Extension Service suggests that homeowners can keep living spaces cool while saving money on utility bills by closing shades or blinds during the hottest part of the day to reduce solar gain.

Choosing the right treatment makes a difference, too. Experts told the that decorating with white shades or blinds is ideal because they reflect heat way from the house and reduce the need for using air conditioning.
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