It’s a scorcher out there. In 2022, many states broke long-standing temperature records. Meteorologists agree that record-setting weather events are here to stay, and cooling stations and air conditioning units could become essential in all states.
Of course, you want to beat the heat this summer. But you also probably know that cranking up the AC can take a toll on your wallet. If you’re wondering how to reduce your AC bill, here are some helpful tips:
Raise your thermostat temperature when you aren’t home and at night. 78 degrees is ideal. By setting your thermostat a few degrees higher, you can save 10% on your electricity bill. This is because the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to lower the temperature in your home to a lower temperature. By setting the air conditioner temperature to the highest degree you are comfortable with when you are home as well, you will reduce the gap between the temperature outside and inside your home, which means you’ll use less energy to cool your home. This can not only save money but can reduce your environmental impact as well.
Set a schedule on your thermostat so that you don’t have to remember. Smart thermostats are relatively affordable and easy to install—and they save you money on your utility bills, so they pay for themselves relatively quickly. In a nutshell, smart thermostats save energy by adjusting the temperature in your home when you’re away or asleep. Some of the best programmable thermostats can be controlled via apps—and some learn your habits and make energy-saving adjustments automatically. According to research by the Department for Energy, programmable thermostats save consumers up to 10% per year on heating and AC bills.
Run ceiling fans to make the air feel cooler. Ceiling fans help circulate cool air all throughout the house, and that means your AC doesn’t have to work as hard to pump cool air into the room. The improved air circulation should also allow you to set your thermostat four degrees higher without reducing your comfort. Ceiling fans use less electricity, and they help your AC unit do its job more efficiently. Some people even find that they can raise their thermostat temperatures a few degrees when the fans are running.
Close your window blinds. Blinds block direct and indirect sunlight that heat up your home. Keep them closed and keep the heat out! Some sun rays are good for us, just not during the hottest days of the summer when you and your family are melting in the heat, and your AC unit is doing the best it can to keep everyone cool. The heat that sunlight brings can make your AC unit work harder to cool your home, and an AC unit working hard means it’s consuming more power than it should. So, keep the blinds, curtains, and drapes closed to keep the sun out.
Save the laundry for late at night, running a dryer heats up your home. Save that task (and any other large appliances) for once the sun goes down so that your AC can keep up.