There may have been a couple months in between the dead of winter and summer where electric bills were steady and gas bills started to significantly decrease, finally giving your wallet a break from the high winter utility bills. Unfortunately, this summer has been a vastly hot one, and we can look for the high electric bills to start coming in with the added cost of running the air conditioning. There are, however, a few ways to save on summer air conditioning costs to ease the pain.
Check Air Filter Often
Your air conditioner will be working hard enough during these hot summer months so why make it work more than it has to. Air filters should be changed every three months, all year-round, but it cannot hurt to check every month or so to make sure it is free of any build up. Not only will keeping a clean filter ease the pressure off of forcing air through your air conditioner, but you should notice less amounts of dust, freeing any particles from the outside.
Take Advantage of the Programmable Thermostat
Why keep the house cool when you are not home to enjoy. Sure your pet will be calm and relaxed, but having your A/C run during the day is just wasted energy. Most enjoy the house cool at night when sleeping, so set the temperature at night for the lower desired temperature and set for higher when you leave for work in the morning. If you want a cold house to come home to, use your programmable thermostat to set different temperatures throughout the day, so you do not have to manually set each time (and to avoid having it run all day if you forget to change before you rush off to work).
Ceiling Fans Can Make a Huge Difference
If you are like me and have trouble sleeping unless you are buried in the covers in a nice cold room, that may take lots of energy to have the A/C running all night, so to offset, use a ceiling fan, and if you do not have one, get one right away, there will be no regrets. The home temperature can be set at a reasonable level and the ceiling fan will give the needed breeze to feel cooler. Set it on the highest speed and you will be reaching for the covers.