Energy Costs: Staying Cool Without Burning Through Your Cash
Keeping your budget in check is definitely a priority this summer, but one area that can be a particular challenge is your home energy bill. Running the air conditioner can be a drain on your finances, but you still want to be able to enjoy the summer without going broke. Here are some tips to help you save money and stay cool.
- Maintain your cooling system—this can reduce energy costs up to 10%. Make sure the air condition unit is running efficiently by cleaning and replacing clogged air filters and coils. Dirt build-up on the indoor coil is the most common cause of poor efficiency. Have your system inspected if necessary.
- Adjust your thermostat when you leave the house, especially if you leave for an extended period.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature for the hours when no one is home.
- Keep the drapes closed and shades down to block the sun and heat.
- Shade the air conditioner unit from the sun.
- Shade your home. A well-placed tree can block the sun.
- At night, ventilate with a fan.
- Avoid running a dehumidifier at the same time as the AC. The dehumidifier will cause the cooling load to increase and make the air conditioner work harder.
- Keep lamps and TV’s away from the thermostat—they make heat and will cause the air conditioner to run more than necessary.
- Remember to turn off lights, TV’s, and other appliances when not in use.
- Close off any unused rooms.
- Do an energy audit to help detect any potential problems regarding your cooling system. Many utility companies will do a free or low cost walk-through to evaluate where you could save energy.
- If you’re on a fixed income and have trouble paying your utility bills, contact your utility company. They may have energy assistance plans to help.
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