Summertime is not only a time for fun in the sun, spending time on the beach, and getting away with the family – it is also a time of exorbitant electric bills. One of the biggest culprits in your rising utility bills is most certainly your air conditioner. During the summer months – in the hottest regions – people blast their air conditioners day and night. While it is important to keep cool and beat the summer heat, blasting the air conditioner can put a serious dent in your wallet. Not only that, but blasting your air conditioner has a very negative impact on the environment as well. Here are 5 easy and effective ways to reduce your giant summer electric bill.
- Use the energy setting on your air conditioner. Many new air conditioning units have an energy setting that you can use, which can be important if you are running in and out of the house all day. The energy saver setting will effectively keep the system on, but in automatic mode – only cooling the home when it needs to. By doing this, you won’t have to keep turning it off and on, which makes the system work harder each time it has to power on again.
- Place thick, sun protecting drapes on your curtain rods. Using large drapes that provide the most coverage will effectively block the sun from pouring into the home and turning it into an oven. If you don’t want to rely so heavily on the air conditioner, installing heavy drapes is your best option. Moreover, it is recommended to leave the blinds closed when you leave for the day and especially when you go on vacation. If you don’t want to return home to a scorching house, drapes are your best defense.
- Don’t use as many electronics and unplug any gadgets that are not in use. Not only are all the gadgets in your home sucking down energy and causing your electricity bill to soar, but they are also causing your home to heat up as well. So, make sure to cut down your use of electronics – or pay closer attention to your usage. Not only that, but some gadgets are using electricity even when they are turned off – so be sure to unplug all gadgets once they are completely charged and when they are not being used.
- Get your ductwork inspected. Chances are that your ductwork needs to be cleaned or repaired, so be sure to call a professional HVAC technician. Making sure your ductwork is in optimal working condition will make your air conditioning unit run much more efficiently. When it comes to duct system renovation vs. replacement, you can save a lot more money and time by simply having it renovated, rather than replaced.
- Make a list. The more detailed your energy and money savings plan, the easier it will be to stick to it. This is especially important if you have a family and need everyone’s participation. All you need to do is make a list and post it to the refrigerator. Especially in the beginning, everyone will need a constant reminder to turn off lights and unplug their smartphones.