Scorching hot days not only mean intensely high temperatures, but also high expenses. Hot days can especially cause your electric bill to skyrocket – poorly maintained air conditioner, not properly installed and in operation all day can lead to very high costs.
But it’s not like you can turn on the air conditioner on a hot summer day – or can you? Believe it or not, there are ways that you can save on your electricity bill even when you regularly use the air conditioner. All it takes is a few small steps that lead to big savings.
If you want to keep your home a cool and comfortable place to live in for you and your family but don’t want the surprise of an extremely high electricity bill at the end of the month.
Here are a few tips to help you save money and electricity with smart air conditioning.
- Keep your air conditioning unit running in the morning but turned off at night. Days are normally warmer than nights and when you will need the air conditioner more. So keep your air conditioner running during the daytime hours, but conserve energy and electricity by turning the air conditioner off at night. Open your windows and let the cool night air in, instead of having the air conditioner cool your room for you.
- Replace your air conditioner’s filter regularly. Keeping your air conditioner running at optimized levels allows you to get the most out of it while keeping your electricity costs at bay. Make sure you regularly check and clean your air conditioner. The easiest way to maintain your air conditioning unit is to constantly check if its filter is clean. The filter can get clogged with dirt and dust, so cleaning it or replacing it when needed allows the air conditioner to run better.
- Install weather stripping around your doors and windows to ensure that cool air by the air conditioner will not escape through cracks and small spaces around these doors and windows. Furthermore, properly insulating your home from the heat will make it easier for your air conditioning unit to cool the many spaces of your home.
- Keep your thermostat at 72 degrees Fahrenheit or 22 degrees Celsius, as this is the optimal temperature if you want to save on your electricity bill. Note that for every degree that you increase your thermostat, the more you’ll save on your electricity bill. You can also have a programmable thermostat installed with a timer so you can have the system adjust the temperature automatically for you in an efficient and optimal way.
- Lessen the asphalt, rock and cement on the south and west areas outside your home, as these materials can heat up and increase the temperature around the house and consequently inside the house as well. If your landscaping requires a lot of these materials, make sure the areas where they are placed are shaded.