Save Money During The Hot Months
As the temperature starts to increase day-by-day we can start seeing energy bills to start skyrocketing. Did you know on average it costs approximately $300 per year to run air-conditioning? If you divide that over the hottest months of the year (June, July, and August) that is roughly $100 per month for just air-conditioning. I don’t want your increased energy bill to keep you from taking the summer vacation you had planned. Here are just a few tips that are easy to cut your energy bill this upcoming summer so you can stay cool and have a little bit of money in your pocket.
- Install Window Films:
There are a handful of people who don’t like to shut the blinds and close the curtains during the summer. If you installed insulating window films it will allow you to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and view while you are conserving energy. The film lessens the absorbed heat gain and in return will make your home feel lot cooler so you don’t have to worry about running the air conditioner as much. The good part is… don’t worry about calling a professional. Many retail stores sell these window film kits so you can easily do it.
- Clean The Air Filter In Air Conditioning:
I recommended this to be done yearly. When the filter of your air-conditioner is clogged its efficiency is decreased and the quality of the air you breathe is compromised. This is not a summer task, not to mention keeping the filter clean on a regular basis is very important. The small things really matter because a little vacuuming and sanitizing can go a long way.
- Utilize A Draft Blocker:
Depending on the type doors of doors that you have at your house, not utilizing a draft blocker can possibly be the equivalent of you leaving the air conditioner running while your windows are left open. I mean no one likes to have dollar bills being tossed out the window. Draft blockers are economically non-expensive and can save you money in the long run.
- Run A Fan Versus The Air Conditioner:
Fans in general are cheaper to run than the AC unit. If you are going to be in one room like the entertainment room watching TV, you should consider turning off the AC and running the fan instead. The fan will supply cool air but at a lower price.
- A Programmable Thermostat Is Worth The Investment:
While you are at home you can set the air conditioner for one temperature and another for when you leave your home. If you are on a budget I suggest this tip because this can save you quite a bit of money. Plus you wont have to fuss with it by manually changing it all the time.
- Keep It Simple And Open A Window:
Did you know, if you open a window at night that it would give your AC a little break and you can take full advantage of the cooler temperature outside. Sometimes it may be too warm for you, so the solution that I would suggest is to buy a window mounted fan. This solution allows you to either bring the night air in or push out hot air.
Some of the above suggestions may seem like a lot of work, but I know you’ll be happy you made the extra effort once the energy bill comes to your doorstep.