Cut Cooling Costs Now – Top 10 Tips

Air conditioning costs are the biggest part of the average household’s electricity bill.   In warmer regions, AC can amount to 60 – 70% of the electric cost.   If you want to reduce your energy bills look into your cooling costs first.  Here are some top tips:

  1. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, install one now.  Program it to go up 10 to 15 degrees when you are at work.  This will save around 10%.  If you have window-unit AC, buy plug-in timers.  Set them to come back on 30 minutes before you get back home.thermostat
  2. Keep all your windows covered during the day with insulated drapes lined in white(best) or white blinds or shades.  White helps reflect heat outward back out of your house.  This can save around 40%.
  3. Keep all heat-generating items away from your thermostat.  This includes TVs or lamps.   Your AC will run longer if it senses heat around the thermostat.
  4. Only use your oven at night or in the morning.  Using it during the heat of the day will cause your AC to run more often and less efficiently.
  5. Plant trees that lose their leaves in winter on the west and south sides of your house to block sunlight.
  6. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees when you are home.  Each degree lower than 78 will increase your costs 3 to 4%.
  7. Use your ceiling fans.  Studies show using a ceiling fan can keep you as cool as running your AC 10 degrees lower.  Install them if you don’t have them.  They can cost as little as $25 each at discount stores.  Make sure the fan is blowing DOWN not up – counter-clockwise for most fans.
  8. Clean your AC filter every month.  A dirty filter makes AC’s work harder.  Get a reusable one that you can clean instead of replacing every month.accondenser1
  9. Keep your condenser unit or window unit in the shade.  This can save 10%.
  10. Make sure nothing is blocking the air flow to your condenser unit.   This includes tall grass or other debris.

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