We've been pretty lucky in Wisconsin this summer when it comes to the weather. There has only been a handful of days that we have turned on the air conditioning which makes for a low utility bill.
To keep our utility bill as low as possible during those hot summer days when the sun is relentlessly beating down on the house, we keep our blinds and curtains closed on the west and south walls of our house. This simple yet effective money saving tip can save you 10 - 15% on your utility bill. If the sun is beating in through the windows, your air conditioning will kick in to bring the temperature down, raising your utility bill. You can keep the room cooler by just closing the blinds and curtains during those peak hours when the sun is beating down through those windows.
This money saving tip is especially important if your thermostat is in a west or south facing room. For our home, our thermostat is in the living room which faces both the west and south.
Another way to keep your bill low this summer is with insulated curtains or drapes. These work great for both summer and winter keeping the cool air in during the summer, and the warm air in during the winter. If you have older large windows or an older patio door, you may want to consider investing in insulated drapes to help with drafts.
I purchased my patio door insulated drapes from Plow & Hearth.