3 Tips For Saving On Your Summer Electricity Bill
As the warmer temperatures draw near, you are going to start cranking up that air conditioner in order to keep your home cool. Unfortunately, your air conditioning unit takes a lot of electricity to run, resulting in a spike in your energy bill. Luckily, it is possible to save some money during the summer while still staying cool. Here are three tips that will help you lower your electricity bill this summer as you work to keep your home at a comfortable temperature level.
Tip #1: Seal Any Air Leaks
When your air conditioning system is producing cool, fresh air, you want to ensure that it remains inside the home. If there are any areas in the home where the air may escape, then your air conditioner is going to work harder to make up for that loss, using additional energy in the process. So look for cracks under the doors, gaps in the window frames, and any areas in the home that may have inadequate insulation. Air leaks need to be sealed with weatherstripping, caulk, or additional insulation, as this will reduce your energy usage, thereby reducing your electricity bill year-round. If you are unsure of the location of the air leaks, it is recommended that you schedule a home energy audit.
Tip #2: Draw the Window Shades
It makes sense to open the shades on a sunny day and allow that natural light to flood the room, but the sun's rays produce a significant amount of heat—which is the last thing that you want in your home on a hot day. To avoid heat in the home, draw your shades when the sun is at its peak (the middle of the day). This helps to keep rooms cool while limiting the need for the AC to be turned up.
Tip #3: Consider the Placement of the Thermostat
Believe it or not, your thermostat's location can have a big impact on how much you are paying to cool your home. The thermostat needs to stay out of direct sunlight and away from any appliances that product heat to avoid the device detecting temperature increases and switching on the AC when it isn't needed. The best place for the thermostat so that it can properly read the indoor temperature is on an interior wall where it is clear of any obstructions.
For more energy-saving tips or to schedule a home energy audit, contact an air conditioning installation or repair company, like NOW Heating & Air.