Don’t Let Summer Electric Bills Keep You from Being Cool
Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes an increase in our electric bills. If you’re anything like me, you have the air conditioner running 24/7 when the weather gets hot. If you’re anything like me, you also experience a significant hike in your electric bills during this time of the year. This year, don’t let the hot weather get you down. Take some simple measures to keep your electric bills to a minimum while staying cool.
Use Nature’s Air Conditioning
Your house is probably well insulated, and while it might be uncomfortably warm in your home, it may actually be a bit cooler outside. Before you turn on the air conditioning, open your windows up and let the fresh air come in. By turning to nature’s breezes before you turn to air conditioning, you can significantly save on your electric bills this summer.
Install a New Air Conditioner
Is your air conditioner more than a decade old? If so, you might want to consider installing a new air conditioner. The newer models can actually use about 50 percent less energy than older models, saving you quite a pretty penny on your electric bills.
When you shop for a new air conditioner, check the model’s SEER rating. The higher the air conditioner’s SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit is.
Have Ceiling Fans and Use Them Properly
If you don’t have ceiling fans, make sure that you install them throughout the house. I personally have ceiling fans in my dining room, family room and all of the bedrooms. It makes for much cooler days and nights and can help you save money off your electric bill by allowing you to set your thermostat at a higher temperature while still staying comfortable.
When you do have your ceiling fans running, make sure they’re running the right way. You want the air blowing down, not up. If the air is blowing up, reverse the direction of the fan blades and make sure the air blows down. If the air is blowing up, hot air may be re-circulating through the room, actually making it warmer instead of cooler.
Clean or Change Your Air Filters
A cheap and easy way to save money on your electric bills is to clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter once a month. If the filter on your AC is dirty, the AC has to work harder, using more energy as a result.
Saving money doesn’t have to be difficult. By taking these simple steps, you can literally save hundreds of dollars off your electric bills this summer.