With Summer here it is important to try to stay cool while being energy efficient. But staying cool comes with a cost. Most of us will be turning on our air conditioners in our home to cool down the house. The more appliances we use to cool down, the more the electricity bill goes up.
Here are some 12 tips that will help lower your monthly bill. Some of these tips can be used on a daily basis and others are inexpensive actions to take to increase savings:
- Your windows are an important way to gain cool air and keep the hot air out. Be sure to check the sealing around the panes to make sure they are properly sealed. That is a major cause of your cool air escaping and hot air entering.
- If the temperatures drops at night, you can turn your air conditioning off and open the windows. This will also save on electricity. Keeping your windows open at night will cool down your home.
- In the morning, you’ll want to close the window and all blinds to keep the cool air in and stop the sun from heating up the inside of your home.
- Try to keep your thermostat just high enough that you’re still comfortable in the summer. Even just 1 or 2 degrees on your thermostat can mean 3-5 percent energy savings.
- When you are away, allow your house to be warmer than if you were there.
Air Conditioner and Ceiling Fans
- Most of the time, if you have both an air conditioner and a ceiling fan, you can actually raise the thermostat up around 4 degrees and still be comfortable. A ceiling fan in conjunction with air conditioning creates a wind chill effect. This will help keep you feeling cool. If you leave the room, make sure you turn off the ceiling fan.
- You should schedule regular maintenance on your air conditioner to make sure it consumption and repair costs while improving overall home comfort. The ideal time to schedule air conditioning service is in the Spring time. If a tune up is not done, your air conditioner could be littered with a build up of dirt, and dirt is a cooling system’s number one enemy. When your air conditioner’s parts start to wear down, it uses more energy to compensate for the stress. This will result in an increase in your energy bill and decrease in your unit’s ability to generate cool air.
- Most of the time, when you purchase an air filter, it will state how long you can use it before you should replace it. Rule of thumb is usually every 3 months. The Filtrete Company has a great way to help remind you to change the filter. You can schedule your filter change reminders and be able to access your filter size anytime, anywhere, even on your mobile device
- If you have a HEPA filter or a proprietary filter (for use in specialized HVAC systems), refer to the manufacturer’s instructions (you may also need to use their brand of filter).
- If you are creating a lot of dust in the home, like remodeling, consider replacing the filters more frequently. If you live in an area that has extremely high pollen count, you may want to change the filters monthly to help remove allergens from the air.
Appliances and Lighting
- One of the fastest ways to turn your house into an oven is to literally use the oven. Avoid using it on hot days. Alternatively, you can use the stove, microwave, or the best time of the year to dust of the outdoor grill.
- Lighting is another way you can generate heat without knowing. If you don’t have energy efficient bulbs, then only about 10-15% of the electricity used is turned into light. The rest of it is heat. You should take advantage of natural daylight to brighten up your home but avoid direct sunlight. Minimize daily activities that can generate heat. Computers, laptops, curling irons, and hair dryers can heat up a room very quickly. Even your TV can generate some heat.
Keeping cool during the blazing heat doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If you follow these tips, you’ll see a difference in your monthly bill while still staying cool and comfortable. None of these tips require anything expensive or drastic so everyone can do it. Stay cool this summer.
Article courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT Editorial Team
Reference: Mike Luzon, Ezinearticles.com