How you can save money on AC

Here's how to save money while you're out -- and not come home to a hot, humid house.

Below are seven tips for saving money on your home's AC when you go on summer vacation. 

Use a smart thermostat Smart thermostats take the guesswork out of programming your home's heat and AC. 

Set manual thermostats higher

Close the shades Another way to trim energy costs is to keep your windows shaded when you are away.

Install window awnings Another way to reduce the stress on your air conditioner is to add window awnings to your home.

Use a dehumidifier If you live in an area with higher humidity, consider supplementing your air conditioner with a portable dehumidifier.

What's next Before going on your trip, consider inspecting your home's HVAC unit.