Did you know that changing little things in your everyday life might have a big impact on your bills? Sometimes it may be common sense but you may be surprised by the effect of these 9 tips to lower cooling costs in rising heat. So do not use this advice with moderation!
1. New appliance: adopt high efficiency
When shopping a new air conditioner, you should rather choose one that carries the Energy Star seal. It means your appliance is using less energy than other and has a higher efficiency that allows you to save money over time.
2. Keep it clean
It is important to make sure your air conditioning filters are clean, since you can save 5% to 15% on your heating and cooling costs. You may clean or replace them as often as once a month during the summer, it depends on filters: fibreglass filters should be replaced monthly throughout the heating season, while permanent filters should be cleaned regularly.
3. Be aware of your thermostat settings
It is important to know how to set your thermostat. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back cool temperature when you’re at home.
4. Protect your thermostat
Keep lamps, TVs and other electronics away from your thermostat. Indeed, they might increase the temperature near the thermostat, and it may force the air-conditioner to run longer than necessary. Also, make sure you use CFL light bulbs, which give off less heat and save even more energy.
5. Seal air leaks
You can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by making sure your home is adequately sealed and insulated. Check all your windows, doors and electrical outlets.
6. Close curtains and lower blinds
Avoid summer rays into your house; it may heat the air inside. If you want to go further, you may also consider installing exterior sunshades to reduce heat gain.
7. Plan your heat and moisture-producing chores early
Your washing machines, dryers and dishwashers should run early in the morning or late at night when temperature is lower.
8. Give your oven a break
When it is really hot, your air-conditioner may suffer from over-heating if you use your oven. It is not good for your AC and for your heating bills too. Why not concentrate on grills or microwavable recipes and meals?
9. Opt for the ceiling fan
If you have already one, be sure it is rotating in a counterclockwise direction to push air downward and breeze past you for a cooling effect. If not, maybe you should invest in it. Reverse the direction during the winter to recirculate warm air collecting near the ceiling.
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