10 tips to reduce air conditioning bills

How to reduce air conditioning bills?

It starts by choosing the ideal ac temperature for saving electricity.

Of course, you want your home to be cool and comfortable during the dog days of summer. But you also want to save money on utility bills. 

Here are some tips for saving energy at home and to help reduce your electricity bill - while still keeping your cool.

  1  keep air conditioning on during the day; off at night

To reduce your electricity bills, keep the air on during the day and off at night.  Open the windows to take advantage of naturally cooler evening air.

  2   72 degrees is the ideal ac temperature to save electricity

Set the thermostat at 72 degrees. This is the ideal temperature to save electricity. 

For every degree you raise your thermostat, you'll save 3 to 5 percent on your monthly electricity bills. Suffer a little heat now, reap the monetary rewards next month.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat with a built-in timer. While you can easily adjust your thermostat yourself, for energy efficiency it makes sense to have a system that does it automatically for you.

Don't place your air-conditioning thermostat near lamps, appliances, or in direct sunlight. Heat in these areas is sensed by the thermostat and could cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

  3  don't leave a light on

Since energy for lighting accounts for some 10 percent of your electricity bills, you can save by lightening up on your wattage.

If you're using 100-watt bulbs where 60-watt bulbs would do, consider replacing them. And switch to fluorescent bulbs that screw into standard sockets. Turn off lights when you leave a room.

Outdoors, replace incandescent lighting with high-pressure sodium or outdoor fluorescent bulbs for additional savings. Try solar-powered pathway lamps or high-efficiency sodium lamps for security lighting. Light=heat=harder-working AC. 'Nuff said.

  4  Keep upstairs rooms cool with fans

Install an attic fan - and use it - especially in upstairs rooms. Heat rises, as you know. So instead of cranking up the air conditioner, bring in the fans to save the day. You'll save money on your monthly electricity bills by helping the chilled air circulate less expensively.

  5  shut out the sun to keep your home cooler

To keep your home cool this summer, draw the drapes, close window blinds, and close windows to keep hot air and the sun's burning rays out.

  6  lighten up on your interior decorating

Pale colors for walls, draperies, rugs, and upholstery can help reflect light and can reduce the number of lamps needed to adequately light a room.

  7  seal door and window cracks

Check your home's doors and windows for cracks or gaps that allow hot air to seep in, causing your air cooling system to work harder.

Install weather stripping around windows and doors if needed. Making sure your home is well-insulated against the heat is key to reducing those electric bills.

  8  regularly replace heating and cooling filters

To keep your AC running at peak efficiency, replace the machine's filter every three months for more home energy efficiency. It will also help stave off an expensive air conditioner  repair.

  9  turn off the television

Turn off the TV. It generates heat, too. (Sorry, kids!)

  10  schedule home maintenance yearly

To keep all your home's major systems running smoothly, schedule maintenance at least once a year. A preventative maintenance program will also help you save money in the long run.

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