- Close all windows, doors and chimney dampers when using your air conditioning.
- Consider planting vines on trellises outside your home - they can shade windows or the entire side of your house.
- If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with double-pane windows with high-performance glass (low-e or spectrally selective) to reduce heat gain.
- Install sun-control or other reflective film on south-facing windows to reduce indoor heat gain.
- Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from your house.
- Next to heating, cooling uses more energy than any other part of your home, and setting your air conditioning at 70 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 78 degrees Fahrenheit will almost double your operating costs. So be sure to set your air conditioner no lower than 75 degrees Fahrenheit when home, 80 degrees Fahrenheit when you're gone for several hours, and turn it off when you're gone for more extended time periods. But don't just turn it off during the day - it's more costly to cool the house back down than to leave it on 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- On hot days, cook outdoors, use a microwave or prepare cold meals to avoid excess heat in the kitchen.
- On hot summer days, the temperature in your attic can reach 150 degrees, which can increase the temperature of your entire house. Install a thermostat-controlled attic fan to exhaust the hot air and keep your home cooler.
- Reduce the amount of heat passing through your home - install awnings and shades on your home's east and west sides. And plant deciduous trees on the east and west of your home. These tips will cut air conditioning costs and allow cool breezes to pass into your home.
- Replace dirty air conditioning filters each month - clean filters can reduce cooling costs up to 10%.
- Seal and replace leaky duct work - this effort could save you 20 to 30% on your cooling bill.
- Shade your air conditioning unit from direct sunlight. Don't use anything that will restrict airflow - it will only make the unit work even harder.
- Supplement your central air conditioning with portable fans, ceiling fans and a window unit. They're extremely efficient, help circulate air and will spare you the expense of lowering your thermostat below 78 degrees Fahrenheit. With them, you can keep your thermostat above 80 degrees Fahrenheit and still feel cool - and save 30% on your cooling bill.
- To prevent inaccurate temperature readings, place heat-producing appliances (such as lamps and TVs) away from the air conditioning thermostat.
- To reduce the heat generated by your stove at dinnertime, use pots and pans with tight-fitting lids on low heat.
City of Alcoa Service Center
725 Universal Street
Alcoa, TN 37701
Phone: 865-380-4890Fax: 865-380-4803
Utility Payments are not accepted at this location. Payments are taken at the Municipal Building only.
Tuesday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.