There are a variety of factors that impact your energy costs, and New Orleans’ famously hot weather is only one of them. Electricity rates are another big factor. While these variables are out of your control, there are several things you can do to lower your monthly bill. Leaving the windows and doors open, for example, creates more work for your HVAC. New Orleans is not a good place for leaving the windows open, as letting in the heat and humidity makes it harder to cool off the house. Insulation also makes a big difference when it comes to making your home more comfortable. For more advice on how to cut costs, ask your service technician.