Just when you think it can't get any hotter, it does. Lucky you. You've got air conditioning. Lucky you. You've got air conditioning bills.
How to reduce air conditioning bills? There are some little things you can do around your home this month to save on energy that can add up to big savings on your utility bill next month.
Here are 10 ways to lower utility bills during the dog days of summer, while still maintaining your cool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turn off the TV. It generates heat, too. (Sorry, kids!)
Use your microwave whenever possible instead of heating up the whole house with the oven.