According to Money Magazine, “Air conditioning accounts for nearly 60% of Americans’ summer electric bills.” With these easy tips, save your money and keep cool during the upcoming summer months!
- Act cooler – Close your blinds on the sunny days to keep the sun and heat out. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, every degree you turn up your AC, it knocks 7% off of your bill.
- Put your AC to sleep- If the temperature drops at night, turn off your air and switch to using the ceiling fans. These industrial-strength fans use only about 10% of the power of central air.
- Prevent leaks – You could be losing 10%-40% of your energy costs through leaky ducts, windows, and doors. Use mastic tape instead of duct tape to repair all seams.
- Keep the air flowing – Check your fan filters regularly because even a small amount of dust can prevent the fan from working to its full potential. It is advised to clean window-unit filters every three months.
- Update your equipment – Typical central air-conditioning systems last 15 years, so remember to install new equipment when that time comes around. Also keep in mind that fixing worn out equipment can sometimes cost you more than just replacing it with an updated version.
When the average temperature becomes in the upper 80s and 90s, keep these little tips in mind when paying your electric bills. For the entire article and more advice on how to keep cool, please click here.