While we are more than halfway through the summer season, don’t expect temperatures to go down anytime soon. Summer continues to bring high energy bills to most families and homes due to the heavy use and reliance of Air Conditioning. However, there are options for cutting down those energy bills! Here are some tips to help you save money.
Tip #1: Consider signing up for a utility rewards program. Some rewards programs offer cash back. Other programs give coupons and reward points based on a comparison of energy amount (in BTU’s) used the previous year, in comparison to energy amount used currently. Some of the programs give cash back for the authorization of cycling off your air conditioner for short amounts of time during peak-demand hours/days.
Tip #2: Consider purchasing a new programmable thermostat. According to Energy Star, new models can save up to $180 a year on energy, provided that they are set to warmer temperatures when nobody is home or even while everyone is asleep. Additionally, there are now models on the market that allow you to control the home thermostat temperature from your smartphone! These models can also be set up to turn on based on your smartphones location, in other words when you’re heading home. It is truly amazing what today’s technology can allow us to do. One trade-off for purchasing a new programmable thermostat, however, is that most of them are $200 and up, therefore pushing any money saved on energy to the next or following years.
Tip #3: Consider servicing your A/C. If your unit is a split system and the condenser is outside, then it can accumulate leaves and other debris. This can block proper airflow and cause the unit to have to work harder than it should. Also, dust and dirt can build up in your house and collect heavily on the air filters. Make sure to change your filters once every three months. Making sure both these areas are properly maintained will guarantee the unit is always running at its highest efficiency, and help keep costs at a minimum.
Tip #4: Consider upgrading your unit. If your air conditioner is old, it is most likely inefficient. By replacing your old air conditioner with a new Energy Star rated one, you will have a more efficient unit, which can cut energy bills by up to 30%. On the other spectrum, a unit that is too powerful for the size of the area it needs to cool/heat, wastes a lot of energy. Make sure you always do your research and purchase a unit that is the right size and efficiency for your home.
Tip #5: Consider insulating your home. If your home has air leaks around the windows, door frames, attic, etc., then your air condition unit will be inefficient because it continually has to be run. You can fix air leaks by purchasing some caulk or weather-stripping. You can expect a/c energy saving by up at 20% if your home is properly insulated.
Tip #6: Consider running appliances such as ovens, dryers, and dish washing machines at certain times of the day. To keep heat out of the house, especially during the day, try to run appliances only in the early morning or evening. This will keep the house cooler during the day, meaning you will be slightly less inclined to turn the A/C on. Additionally, running your appliances at these times usually saves money on water and power because energy rates during these times of the day tend to be lower.
Tip #7: Consider using a small fan. Using a small fan, can allow you to set your air conditioners thermostat, two degrees lower. The air from a fan can cool you down, however, it does not actually cool down your living space. If you plan on leaving the room the fan is in or even leaving the house, don’t leave the fan on because it does not lower the temperature, instead, turn the fan off to save energy. Using a small fan and relying a bit less on your air conditioner can save you up to 14% on your energy bill.
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