What do the Cookie Monster and your air conditioner have in common?
No, it isn’t an unnatural affinity for cookies (at least we hope not!). But they do both love to chow down on their favorite treat. And in the case of your air conditioner, that ‘treat’ is electricity. In summer, the air conditioner is your biggest electricity consumer. Unfortunately for you, this translates into a sizeable chuck of change going to your electric bill each month.But don’t get too distressed! Luckily, there are a few things you can do to mitigate these costs. Check out these suggestions from Go Green Heating and Air Conditioning for things you can do to save some cash:
- Get A Programmable Thermostat – if you don’t already have one, invest in a programmable thermostat that will control your air conditioner automatically. A programmable thermostat allows you to program the temperature to change depending on the day, time of day and other factors.
- Use Fans – fans help circulate the cool airand ease the air conditioner’s workload. Place them right in front of your air vents, too. This way when the air conditioner does kick on, the fan will disperse the cool air throughout the entire room.At night, raise the air conditioner temp and use fans instead.
- Don’t Set the Thermostat Lower Than 78 Degrees – any lower than this and you are significantly raising your energy costs. The longer the air conditioner runs, the more it costs.
- Close Vents – save the cool air for the rooms that need it. Close the vents in rooms that are seldom used and in basements where it stays naturally cooler.
- Start Early – start running your air conditioner first thing in the morning. This way the air conditioner only has to maintain the temperature, which takes less energy than lowering it. It may seem odd, but it really does take less energy to maintain rather than cool down
- Perform Heat-Generating Tasks in Morning or Evening –dry a load of laundry or run the dishwasher during the coolest part of the day. Instead of cooking inside on the stove, use your grill outside.
- Close Your Blinds and Drapes – shut out as much direct sunlight as possible. Of course, natural light cuts down on your lighting costs, but block the sun’s hottest rays by keeping east and west facing windows covered.
- Perform Proper Maintenance – call in your local HVAC man. He’ll check that your air conditioner and furnace are in tip-top shape. He can also check that your ducts aren’t leaking and wasting precious cool air.
- Purchase An Energy Efficient Unit –if it’s time to replace your air conditioner, buy an energy efficient one this time around. The minimum SEER rating is 13, but the higher the rating, the more money you will save on energy costs. So while it might cost more upfront, it will save you money in the long run.
Keeping your home cool in the summer makes everyone content. Keeping your home cool and saving money while doing it makes everyone ecstatic!