It's no shocker that AC use can skyrocket your summer electrical bills. Here are 7 tips to save electricity while using AC:
1. Give your system a tune-up
2. Adjust your thermostat
3. Use fans
4. Open your windows
5. Create shade
6. Paint your roof a light color
7. Cook outside
- Give Your System a Tune-Up
Just like you need an annual checkup at the doctor’s office, your HVAC system needs a checkup too. Getting a tune-up twice a year (spring and fall) improves the life of your unit and protects your investment. These tune-ups can help prevent replacing the unit prematurely. Tune-ups keep your unit running efficiently saving you money and energy.
- Adjust Your Thermostat
Adjust your thermostat to control your energy usage. When you’re not home, set it to a higher temperature and when you home, set it to a more comfortable temperature. We offer programmable thermostats; making it very convenient to help you control when to cool or heat your home.
- Use Fans in Conjunction with Air Conditioning
A ceiling fan works wonders and can cut back on electricity by pushing air throughout your home. Angling your fan blades downward is the best way to circulate air during the summer. Placing box fans and oscillating fans throughout your home can also help keep cooling costs down.
- Open Your Windows – Especially at Night!
Letting some fresh air into your home helps start a cross-ventilation technique. Letting cool air in at night can keep you from running your air conditioning through the night as well.
- Create Shade – Inside and Out!
What’s the easiest way to avoid trapping excess heat? Block the heat straight from the source. Using shade to block the sun’s rays from entering your home or heating up your HVAC unit is a simple solution. Use window treatments inside to keep your home cool and save energy on your bill. Planting trees or bushes nearby to shade your air conditioning unit, can raise the efficiency of the cooling system – just be sure it’s within two feet from you’re A/C unit.
- Keep Your Roof a Light Color
Believe it or not, but the color of your roof does more than just add curb appeal. Having a lighter colored roof helps reflect heat from the sun’s rays. Just like a black car or a black shirt, a darker roof will absorb heat, bringing it into your home. This causes your system to work harder to maintain the set temperature. Next time you’re in the market for a new roof, consider the color.
- Cook Outside
The warm temperatures aren’t the only reason grilling is so popular in the summer. Cooking outside can have an impact on your electric bill. Using the oven during peak times of the day, can cause your system to work harder to cool your home. Using low-energy cooking appliances like a slow cooker or microwave are additional ways to keep the home cooler minimizing the stress on your HVAC system.