I don't know about where you live, but where I live we have hit the second half of summer. We were blessed with a mild first half. You know, the kind where you sit outside and can say, "oh yes, isn't this nice? It's summer!" without just melting.
And now we have crossed over into the melting part. 100+ degree days.
If you have central air conditioning days like that can keep it running almost constantly and that is, of course, very, very.. 'spensive.
What I have discovered is that as it gets hotter outside, you can move your thermostat up on those hotter days and afternoons and stay just as cool as on the 'average' hot days.
So as the day progress and the sun gets higher and hotter and the ac is running more and more, I'll walk by and bump up the thermostat a degree or two.
I think it is the difference between the temperature outside and the temp inside that keeps you comfortable, not what the actual temp inside is.
So we try to go by how we feel and not what "the number" on the thermostat says. As the day winds down and I've been cooking or it's cooling down outside, if we are feeling warm, we lower it some. We stay plenty cool and hopefully save some $$ in the process.
To see how other bloggers are being frugal, go see Crystal at Biblical Womanhood! :)
How do you stay cool this time of year? Any tips?