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3 Hacks to Lower Your A/C Bill This Summer

by The Russo Team

3 Hacks to Lower Your A/C Bill This Summer

Did you know that cooling accounts for forty percent of the energy consumption in the average Arizona home? It’s not uncommon to see bills ranging from $200 to $400 and up when the temperature starts creeping up on the thermometer. In summer energy demand can be higher with weather responsible for up to seventy percent of your electric bill according to Arizona Public Service (APS) department. Here are 3 hacks to lower your A/C bill this summer.

1.) Air Filters: Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent ones at least once a month. A dirty filter forces your equipment to work harder, causing higher energy bills. Replacing your air filter at least once a month helps to save energy and increase the life of your cooling system. Additionally, experts also suggest leaving most of the air vents open in your home. Closing air vents in more than ten percent of your total air conditioned space creates a pressure imbalance and reduces the effectiveness of your cooling system.

2.) Windows: Believe it or not, windows account for half of a home’s summer temperature increase. So first, be sure to check windows for any hot air leaking in and seal them with caulk or weather stripping. If you have curtains close them on windows that receive direct sunlight. Looking for more protection? Consider installing sunscreens on the exterior of windows that receive direct sunlight to block sun from reaching the glass. Sunscreens can block as much as sixty to eighty percent of the sun’s heat from reaching the glass. Not crazy about the look of sun screens? Installing mini-blinds or shutters can reduce solar gain by forty to fifty percent.

3.) Thermostat: If you don’t already have one, installing a programmable thermostat will not only save you time, but energy costs as well. Programmable thermostats allow you to program the temperature in your home to increase by five to ten degrees while you're away and to return to a comfortable level an hour before you return. For every degree you set your thermostat above eighty degrees, you can save approximately two to three percent on cooling costs. The rule of thumb is to set the thermostat between seventy-eight to eighty degrees when you are home and up to eighty-five degrees when you are away.

Just because the temperature is in the triple digits doesn’t mean your air conditioning bill has to too. Utilize these 3 hacks to lower your A/C bill this summer and stay cool!

Frank Russo

Russo Team

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3 Places to Enjoy in Downtown Phoenix this Summer

by The Russo Team

3 Places to Enjoy in Downtown Phoenix this Summer

Love the downtown Phoenix area? How about cultural museums, fantastic cuisine, and sporting events? Whether you’re a long time resident of the Signs of Downtown Phoenix historical district, a Phoenix native, a recent transplant or just passing through, here are 3 places to enjoy in downtown Phoenix this summer.  

1.) Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center provides exploration, education and entertainment for all ages. Nestled in the picturesque setting of Heritage and Science Park, the Science Center is a unique landmark designed by renowned architect Antoine Predock. The combination of ramps, hallways, galleries and terraces in this 140,000-square-foot building creates an intriguing environment of investigation and discovery. The exhibits and galleries are designed to educate and entertain kids of all ages – from pre-K to gray! Visit https://azscience.org for more details and summer rates.

2.) The Phoenix Art Museum

Don’t know art but you know what you like? As one of the largest art museums in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art museum is guaranteed to have something to pique your interest. You could spend hours perusing the modern art collection on the second floor, the latest couture exhibition, the sculpture garden, or the museum's current contemporary show. If you’re feeling ravenous, you can even grab lunch or drinks at the museum’s restaurant.  Visit http://www.phxart.org for more details and summer rates.

3.) The Phoenix Zoo

Whether you want to bring your kids or bring out the kid in you, the Phoenix Zoo is a must see! The zoo houses a variety of animals, including baboons, Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, Galápagos tortoises and Komodo dragons. Take younger tots to the Big Red Barn petting zoo or to the giraffe encounter where they can get enjoy more interaction with the animals. If you get tired of trekking the well-kept zoo grounds, you can enjoy a 30-minute narrated safari train tour which provides a good orientation of the zoo. Visit http://phoenixzoo.org/ before heading over to check out upcoming events and summer pricing.

For more information about things to do in downtown Phoenix or if you’d like information about buying a home in the Signs of Downtown Phoenix area, please contact the Russo Team today!

Frank Russo
The Russo Team
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602-864-1200

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