8 Money-Saving Tips to Lower Your AC Bills
As the song goes, Summertime and the livin’s easy . . . that is until the electric bill shows up. So you run around your home, checking your thermostat, windows, and doors to see where the cold air of your air conditioner escapes your home, and you wonder, what else can I do to bring down the electric bill?
So chill out; here are some easy ways to reduce your energy bills and keep cool during the summer and early fall months.
- Turn the AC Temperature Up. You heard right; turn it UP. If you’re not home during the day or sleeping at night, you can save up to 10% on your energy bill by turning the ac up between 8-10 degrees on your thermostat and switching to use the AC fan option.
- Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat. These thermostats can save up to 10% on cooling costs by internally and intuitively managing the temperatures and comfort levels at night when you need less cooling.
You can save up to 10% on your energy bill by turning the ac up between 8-10 degrees on your thermostat when you’re not at home or asleep.
- Draw Your Blinds and Drapes. Window coverings are more than just decoration. They can lower heat gain in a room by 45% when completely closed.
- Use the Fans. During the summer months, fans run counterclockwise, so the airflow gets pushed down, creating a windchill effect, making the room feel 8 degrees cooler and lower energy costs by up to 40%.
- Open a Window. If you live in an area when night breezes and low humidity exist, open your windows and take advantage of the cool night air. It’s free!
- Check for Leaks. If you’ve done all that above, you may have a leak in your insulation. This may require a professional to thoroughly check your home insulation situation. Hidden cracks and crannies that can be sealed with insulation, caulking, and/or weather stripping can cost you thousands in energy bills. Annual insulation checkups before summer or fall can help you save.
- Keep It Clean. The area around your home and your outdoor unit can become congested with plant matter and debris from storms and wind. Check vents and clear them out, so pollen and dust don’t come into your ductwork. Clean out our ductwork as well. One of the most cost-effective things you can do for your HVAC and yourself is changing the HVAC filter once a month. That alone can lower your energy consumption by up to 15%.
- Invest in ENERGY STAR HVAC products. If you absolutely have to replace your HVAC system or parts of it, energystar.gov and the ENERGY STAR program can guide you in finding the most cost-effective and energy-efficient products for you and your home. For example, ENERGY STAR labeled central air conditioners can save up to 48% in energy costs.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to cut comfort over the high cost of running your HVAC. By changing the HVAC filters, programming your thermostat, running the ceiling fans counterclockwise, closing window treatments, and opening windows at night, you can save on your energy bills and stay cool as a cucumber all summer long.
Need a summer/early fall HVAC check-up? Call Climate Control today to help you breathe easier: 859-277-7192