Do you have any family members who have secret family recipes? Likely, those relatives keep those secret recipes a secret and will never reveal how they make anything. The same is totally not true when we are talking about the secrets of helping your cooling equipment keep your property cool. If you wish to save currency by helping your cooling equipment run for less time, it is best to have a couple of trees in your yard. Trees are able to provide shade in addition to the shade helps the cooling equipment function a little less hard. It is also a good move to have awnings over your windows. I know that many people simply think awnings are just for curb appeal, however that is not completely true. Awnings are most often found on older homes in our state. During the olden days, when there was no such thing as residential a/c equipment, the awnings were put there to help cool off the various properties. Since we now have a/c almost everywhere, some places no longer even have awnings, however it is a good move to keep them anyway because those awnings will help keep the sunlight outside where it belongs. The more you can manage to do that, the better off your cooling equipment will be. The point is to lower the thermostat reading inside your property separate from entirely changing the thermostat setting. Covering up your windows with room-darkening blinds or draperies is also highly recommended. I have what are called blackout drapes on my front window, and my lake property basically stays much cooler in addition to my cooling equipment thanks me. I honestly thank myself when the cooling equipment bill comes due at the end of each month!