Saving on home energy costs? Would trees help a lot?
My electric bills are through the roof.
$500-600 a month for cooling and lights. Average size home.
Water and hot water heater costs not included. Thermostat set to 74-75. I just increased the thermostat to 78.
I'm looking for ways to fix this.
- foil the windows?
- buy a few palm tress to put in front of the windows?
- get solar window film and install it myself?
- plant some sort of vine or something in front of the windows?
We have window curtains... standard ones. Usually we keep them closed most of the day, with the curtains open in the evening. Upstairs has a few small windows... those curtains stay open all the time so it doesn't look like a dungeon up there.
Would completely covering the windows with something that lets in less light than normal curtains/blinds really help save electricity?
What if I get a potted tree and put that near the 2 outdoor AC units?
Anything I can tree, plant-related or not?