Something I had to learn the hard way once I became a homeowner was how to make my home more energy efficient. I learned that in order to make my home more energy efficient I had to keep my air conditioning system energy efficient. I thought I would share some tips with you that I had to learn the hard way throughout the years. First off, always remember to set your thermostat on high while you are away from the house. This will keep the air conditioning from running all the time when no one is home. Next, it is important to keep the sun from shining into your home. The blackout curtains are awesome in keeping the a/c running efficiently. Check to make sure you have good insulation in your home and have your local air conditioning company send a technician to check it out if you are in question. Every month change your air filters as clean air filters will keep the air conditioner running smoothly. Be sure that you keep all of your appliances away from the thermostat. The heat from the appliances can cause the air conditioner to run when it really doesn’t need to and ceiling fans are an awesome way of keeping the room cool without running the HVAC system constantly. Another thing to do is to schedule service and repairs with your HVAC contractor. Finally, replace your old air conditioner if you begin to have problems with the efficiency of the system. I hope that these tips will allow you to run your home and air conditioner more efficiently can keep your costs down in the long run.