Money Saving Tips: 10 Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning
The weather is heating up and that means higher bills for air conditioning.
Here are some simple tip to lower your summer air conditioning bills.
1. Make sure you keep your windows closed when you have the air running. Before you turn it on, have the kids [or do it yourself] make a quick run around the house to make sure all of the windows and doors are shut.
2. Raise the temperature. Remember your energy consumption increases by 3-4% for each degree below 78.
3. Install ceiling fans. Due to the wind chill effect, a fan can make you feel significantly cooler by blowing the hot air away from your body.
4. Close vents in empty rooms. If you have central cooling try closing the vents in the rooms that you’re not using. This way you’re not paying to cool a room no one is using.
5. Put up curtains. It’s nice to have light burst into a room, but try putting up blinds that will minimize the heat that comes in from the sun and still light up the room.
6. Flip the light switch. Just flip the switch off when you leave a room. Lights emit heat that the air conditioning will eventually have to battle against, so try to minimize the use of bright light bulbs. Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs use around 75% less energy and put out 70-90% less heat, so try using those to minimize the heat production in your home.
7. Turn it off. Large appliances such as TVs and desk top computers put out a lot of heat. Make sure you turn them off when they’re not in use. Unplugging large appliances when they’re not in use will also save you on your electric bill.
8. Air filter cleaning. A dirty air filter makes your AC work harder to cool and therefore uses up more electricity. Clean or replace your air filter once a month for the best AC efficiency! If you have an evaporative cooling system, be sure to clean the condenser before each summer season.
9. Cover it up. If you have a window condenser unit, make sure it sits in the shade. A shaded unit will use about 10% less energy.
10. Insulate. Re-caulk windows, install weather stripping for doors, and do anything else to insulate your house better. It’s a great investment because you will save all year round. You’ll keep in cool air for the summer warm air in winter.
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