Air conditioning can cost you a pretty penny these days and that is especially true when it comes to scorching Summer days. When it gets too hot in the Summer, it feels like the air conditioning never stops running. In this article, we are going to talk about 7 ways to cut cool costing in the Summer.
If you have a clogged A/C unit filter, this can give a real hike to your energy costs. Clear the clogged A/C filter and you may save 5% to 15% in energy use. Besides that, it is going to keep your A/C working better and keep it from breaking down. If you have a unit that is more than 10 years old, you might need to get a new one. Since units are made more efficiently these days.
Keeping a regular check on your A/C unit is going to help you save money, but it will also keep you from experiencing as many unexpected problems.
A lot of people do not touch their thermostat year round, but that can eat a whole in your wallet. Even if you adjust your thermostat a couple of degrees, you are going to see a major difference in the bill that you get at the end of the month. One study noted that each degree you have your thermostat set to above 75 degrees could save you 10% to 15% in energy. Other experts have said to set your thermostat to 78 degrees when it is extremely hot outside and if you leave the house set it to 82. Getting a programmable thermostat will help you in this area so you aren’t having to worry about it when you leave the house.
Learning how to best adjust your thermostat can be a great money saver. You can save enough money with this adjustment alone that you might be able to go out and have extra coffee or dinner this month.
While you might raise an eyebrow at using such low-tech equipment as ceiling fans, they work great and if your A/C is running less, they can save you a lot of money. If you have a ceiling fan running, you will be able to cut back on A/C and save up to 40% of electricity. You can also use portable fans like box fans if you position them right. While fans don’t cool the air, they make it feel cooler by moving it and pulling heat away from your skin.
Fans use around 1/60 of the energy of an air conditioner so if you raise the thermostat you can use both at the same time and still save money. You should make sure that the air is being pushed downward at you or otherwise you are going to be heating up instead.
You can also open your windows in the day if you feel it is going to help, but at night time, it is much cooler and you can often get away with an open window, low A/C and plenty of fan usage. Since the sun is down, it usually cools off enough at night for you to be able to get enough cool air in the house. Whether you have garden windows, bay windows or standard windows, if you can leave them open throughout the night, it is going to help your energy costs.
If you have sun blaring in every window, it is not going to be cool. It is going to be rather hot, especially during midday if you have all of your windows opened. Many people like the natural lighting so they can save money, but if you have to use the A/C, you are going to be using more money running the A/C than you would turning an extra light on.
Look for nice blinds or room darkening curtains to cut down on the amount of sunlight that is coming in the home. You may only need to do this for a couple of rooms that are hit hard with the sun, but make sure you take care of it as soon as possible. You will make up the money you spent getting blinds and curtains by way of the money you will save by not needing to run the A/C as much.
When you are cooking in the kitchen, it can feel like YOU are cooking. Instead of burning up in the kitchen, why not take it outside? Grab a nice outdoor fan to blow on you so that you can stay cool but keep the house from getting hot by cooking outside on a grill or other device that you might have for outdoor cooking.
You do want to cook yourself in the house because you got a dark roof. When your house is constructed, make sure that you get a light roof that is going to be able to stave off the heat.
These tips can save you on your energy bill, but you have to make sure to use them. Even using a couple of these tips will help keep more money in your piggy bank.
What are some other ways that you can think of to stay cool during summer? Leave us your coolest tips in the section below.