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  1. Many homeowners dread the sweltering summer months because they know that they will have to deal with a huge spike in their energy bills as soon as they turn on their air conditioners. If that sounds like your own situation, then you might want to come up with a comprehensive plan for making your home as energy-efficient as possible. Use Ceiling Fans to Your Advantage Properly using your ceiling fans could have a huge impact on your energy bills as well as your family’s overall comfort. During the summer months, all of your ceiling fans should be spinning counterclockwise at a relatively high speed when someone is in the room. That moving air could make each room feel much cooler, and that means you won’t have to turn your air conditioner as low. Replace Your Insulation Even though modern insulation is designed to last for decades, that material will eventually become damaged. If you have recently checked your home’s insulation and it is torn or matted, then it might be time to add some cellulose to the top or replace it entirely. Blowing in cellulose insulation is a relatively simple upgrade that should take a contractor no more than a few hours to complete. Seal Around Doors and Windows As the seasons change and humidity levels and temperatures fluctuate, your home’s walls and flooring could begin to shift. Over the course of a few seasons, those shifting materials will result in small openings around your windows, vents, and doorways. To seal up the openings, all you are going to need is a caulk gun, a few bottles of all-purpose caulk, and an inexpensive infrared gun or a thermal leak detector. Check around your home for areas that are losing heat, and fill in those holes and cracks. Service or Replace the AC Contacting an air conditioning installation and repair contractor is another simple step that you can take to lower your energy bills during the hottest months of the year. One of those contractors will be able to service your AC so that it continues to run smoothly and efficiently. They can also help you keep an eye out for any signs that your air conditioner might be nearing the end of its lifespan or in need of repairs. Improving your home’s efficiency can be time-consuming, but that hard work is going to pay off. With a few simple changes to your home, you could end up lowering your family’s energy usage. This can also save hundreds a year on your heating and cooling bills.