Conserve Energy and Reduce Electric Bills!
As summertime approaches, you and homeowners like you will be running your air conditioners more and more. As a result, you may notice an increase in your electric bill. Some fluctuation in your utility costs can be expected over the course of the year, especially as the cost of residential electricity rises and falls within the industry. But, how can you save energy this summer while staying cool?
Follow our 2015 summer energy saving tips to conserve energy and reduce your electric bills this!
10 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bills This Summer
One of the biggest culprits of electricity consumption during the summer is your home’s air conditioning system. Your air conditioner is powered by electricity. The longer it runs the more energy you are using and the higher your electric bills will be. To reduce your energy bills this summer, consider the following tips:
- During the daytime, close all doors, windows, blinds, and/or curtains to keep the warm sunlight out and indoor temperatures to a minimum. If your home cannot heat up as much, your air conditioner will run less and you should see a slight drop in your electric bill.
- If you use a window air conditioner, make sure it is properly fitted into your window to minimize the amount of cool air lost due to an improper fit. A window air conditioner that is too small is like throwing money out the window – in the form of lost cool air, that is.
- Raise your thermostat to 80 degrees if you plan on leaving your home for more than five to eight hours at a time (i.e. work). Raising the temperature by five degrees for eight hours can reduce your cooling costs by 3 – 5 percent!
- Save or postpone activities using hot water or a lot of energy until the early mornings or late evenings. Activities like cooking, washing dishes, or running a washing machine or dryer all produce more heat in your home and raise humidity levels, causing your AC unit to run for long periods of time.
- Cook with microwaves, toaster oven, or slow cookers whenever possible to cook smaller meals. Additionally, keeping the burners and reflectors on your oven clean will cause them to reflect heat better and consume energy more efficiently than a dirty burner.
- Check weather stripping around doors and caulking around windows to seal any cool air from escaping to the outdoors.
- Keep unused rooms open to the rest of your home. Sealing off spare bedrooms or closing air registers in unoccupied rooms causes your central air conditioning system to run less efficiently. Save energy this summer by keeping all bedroom and bathroom doors and registers open.
- Clean and/or replace air filters monthly. Usually, we recommend changing your air conditioner filters every 60 – 90 days. However, during the summer, it’s important to clean your air filters at least one a month and replace the dirty filters with new ones when necessary. A clogged air filter reduces your cooling system’s efficiency and increases electricity use.
- Move any heat-producing appliances away from your thermostat. If a television, lamp, or other heat-producing device is next to or near your thermostat, it could result in inaccurate temperature readings and cause your AC unit to operate when it is not needed.
- Use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are a great way to supplement your air conditioning system and circulate cool air throughout your home. Keep in mind, ceiling fans can rotate two directions. During the summer, check that your fan blades are rotating counter-clockwise during the summer months to help save energy.
Air Conditioning Contractor in Ohio
Rick’s Heating & Cooling is an HVAC contractor located in Morrow, Ohio. Our heating and cooling specialists specialize in maximizing in-home comfort and the installation and repairs of energy-efficient air conditioners.
Give us a call or contact us online to schedule air conditioner maintenance or repairs in:
- Amelia, OH
- Fayetteville, OH
- Lebanon, OH
- Maineville, OH
- Mason, OH
- Morrow, OH
- Or their surrounding areas!