Stop the Soar—Ways to Keep Your AC Electricity Bills Low
Put the chill on cooking
Keep your kitchen cooler by cooking with smaller appliances like a crock-pot or toaster oven instead of your oven or stovetop. Or cook outside. The point is not to add heat to your indoor air.
Tackle tasks when the sun’s not shining
Why? Because it’s warmer when the sun’s up. Heat generated by your dryer and other appliances also typically winds up heating your home. Instead of the middle of the day, use your washer, vacuum cleaner, and dishwasher once the sun goes down.
Unplug to stay cool
DVD players, microwaves, big screen TVs, cell phone chargers, and other appliances suck up energy even when they’re turned off or in sleep mode. Unplug power strips, small appliances, and electronics.
Turn on a fan
The key is to move the air around since a fan can’t actually lower the temperature. Position fans to move air upward. Since heat rises, the fan will push trapped air up and out faster. Run ceiling fans counter-clockwise at a high speed for the same reason.
Plant some shade
Most of the heat building up inside your home comes from the sun shining on the roof or through your windows. A recent study found that placing trees on the south and west side of a house, no more than 60 feet away, could lower utility bills by five percent between May and September. Go ahead and plant some vines, shrubs, leafy trees—any type of shade canopy. They’re worth the cost.
Don’t cool an empty house
Use a programmable thermostat to automatically cool your home when you’re there and raise the temperature when you’re away or asleep. When used properly, programmable thermostats can reduce energy consumption.
Keep air filters clean
Replace your air filters every month. When the filter gets dirty, your AC has to work extra hard to pull air into the system to cool, which uses more energy.