While the summer season is coming to a close end for many places in the country, it’s just not the case in the valley of the Sun. We’ve got about 3 more months left of the heat which means there’s still time to learn ways to stay cool and save on your energy bill. Here are 7 must-read tips to start doing now to keep your energy dollars in check while staying cool!
Blinds and Drapes
Keep that sun out by closing your blinds, curtains or drapes because it’s a low cost and effective way to prevent your AC unit from working overtime. Streaming sun through your windows can easily lead to high spending so be sure to embrace this tip for quick and immediate savings.
Run Ceiling Fans
Set your ceiling fans to spin in a counterclockwise direction. Why? This particular direction will produce a more cooling effect and it will distribute cool air more evenly. However, if you’re not in the room, there’s no need to turn on your ceiling fans. “A ceiling fan will cool the room by approximately 4 degrees”, says SmartEnergy.com.
Utilize Programmable Thermostats
Maximize your thermostat settings by understanding its auto programming capabilities. This will not only save you dollars on your energy bill but will also save you time and mental energy. How many times do you check your thermostat to ensure it’s the right temperature during its peak time? A programmable thermostat can keep your house warmer than normal when you’re out of town or away at work, and automatically lower the setting when you are home.
Change the Filter
According to SmartEnergy.com, “Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.” When was the last time you changed your AC filter? Generally speaking, your AC filter should be changed every 90 days to maintain overall household health and wellness. However, the frequency can depend on one’s allergy sensitivities as well as having pets. If you have allergies or have pets that shed quite a bit of fur, we suggest changing your AC filter at least once every 30 days.
Thermostat Sweet Spot
Have you ever wondered what the perfect temperature was to ensure you stay cool but also not make a dent in your upcoming energy bill? Good news! There is definitely a sweet spot temperature! When you are home, that number is 78 and up to 80 and when you are away, up to 85. In fact, according to SRP, “For every degree you set your thermostat above 80 degrees, you can save approximately 2 to 3% on cooling costs.”
Call a trusted HVAC contractor to check up your unit yearly. This task alone can help you save a significant amount of money by preventing future mishaps and avoid exceptionally hot summers without an AC!
Seal it Up
When was the last time you inspected your home’s insulation? Keeping hot and warm air out and cool air in is crucial and is one of the best ways lower energy costs. Check for any leaking windows and doors and apply caulk or weatherstripping to prevent unnecessary drafts.