5 Summer Home AC and Cooling Tips to Reduce Your Electric Bill

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Learn how to maximize your home cooling efficiency for monthly electricity bill savings.

Every homeowner has the experience of opening an electricity bill in the summer months and being shocked at the total. It seems each year you have to spend more and more to keep your home cool enough to live in. For many homeowners, the air conditioner runs non-stop during those hot summer months, which means a higher electricity bill.

So what can you do to stay cool and save energy AND money this summer? Below are a few of our most effective home cooling and air conditioner tips to reduce electric bills.

Programmable Thermostat

One of the best ways to save money on your electricity bill is with a programmable thermostat. These thermostats have the ability to be set for ideal temperatures during specific time periods. You can program the unit however you like, which can save you big bucks if you know what to do. Think about the times during the day when you are not at home and program the thermostat accordingly. 

During the summer, you may go on vacation. While away, set your unit to a higher temperature or program it to turn off completely. You can set the system to turn back on before you arrive home so that your home is nice and cool, but you didn’t spend a ton of money leaving your air conditioner or HVAC running while you were away. The same can be said for while you are at work. Set it for a higher temperature so that your air conditioner is not constantly running while you are away from home during the day. This will help you see savings on your system each month when you receive your electricity bill.

If you are interested in making home cooling automation and energy efficiency even easier, learn more about smart home temperature sensors.

Get Blackout Curtains

Depending on where your home is situated, warmth coming directly from the sun can cause your home to be hotter than you’d like it to be. When the sun shines through your windows, it can heat up rooms quickly, which means the air conditioning system will stay on for a longer period of time. To combat this problem, consider hanging blackout curtains in your windows so that they block out the sunlight. With the light blocked, the room will not be as hot, which will lead to less usage of your air conditioning system.

Turn Off the Lights

Although not specific to the summer months, another cause of a high electricity bill is the lighting. Be sure to get in the habit of turning off lights when you are leaving a room or while you are away from home. Lighting is an added cost to your electricity bill and when combined with the electricity used by your air conditioning system, the cost can add up. Remind everyone in your home to turn off lights when not in use.

Keep Your Vents Clear and Open

While this may seem obvious, drapes, furniture, and household items can pile up around and on top of your air vents, reducing airflow. This includes your air return vents, as furniture pushed up against these may reduce your home’s air quality. The start of each new season, like summer, is an excellent time to check that your air vents are open in your main living areas and closed in areas like your basement that may not need the extra cooling. 

Dirty ventilation systems can lead to clogged air conditioner coils and filters which reduce your system’s cooling efficiency and could even lead to a full air conditioner breakdown. So, if you know that it has been a while since your last duct cleaning service, add that to your to-do list.  

By following these home cooling tips, you should start to see savings on your electricity bill during the summer months. At Enercare, we can assist by installing a programmable thermostat for your air conditioning unit or provide an estimate for a new air conditioning system. We will strive to help you have a cool home, an energy-efficient system, and a reduced electricity bill. Contact an Enercare Energy Management Consultant today to learn more.

Regular Maintenance

Maintenance check-ups can help identify potential problems with your air conditioner that could turn into expensive repairs, such as carbon monoxide leaks or defective materials. Air conditioner maintenance can also help prolong the lifespan of your AC unit so you can depend on long-lasting comfort and prevent having to buy expensive new equipment Regular unit inspections also help keep your unit running efficiently so your home can stay cool while saving you money on your electricity bills.