Cool your Home and Save on Your Power Bill
The hot summer months are upon us. It’s hot, and it’s going to get hotter. Unfortunately, this also means increased power bills as we try to keep our homes cool and comfortable. There are a few ways you can save money on your electric bill and still stay cool.
All air conditioning filters need to be cleaned or changed about once a month. Keeping the dust out and the filter unclogged helps the air to flow freely, and the unit doesn’t have to work as hard trying to push air through the dirt and grime that’s piled up on the filter. Rinse the air filters in the tub or with a hose and allow them time to dry, then replace them.
If you have only central air in the house, you might want to consider buying small room air units. The central air runs on a 220 outlet, which pulls more electricity and therefore costs more. The window unit usually runs on a 110 outlet, pulling less juice, so it will cost less to use. Be sure to check when you buy to make sure you are getting a 110.
If you do buy a window unit, you might want to opt for one that has an energy saver mode so that it will go off when it reaches a certain tempature, the same way a central air unit does, only costing must less to run and cool your home.
Leaving the central air turned up to about 85 for the remainer of the house that’s not being used is a good way to save money. If you have small window units in the bedrooms, and you’re gone most of the day working, there’s no need to keep a house super cool when you’re gone all day. If your living room is made in such a way that you can have a window unit for it, that’s even better.
If you don’t have the option to use window units and can only use the central air, consider using a few fans to help move the air around so that maybe the central air unit will run less.
Use your dryer early in the morning or late at night, so that it doesn’t heat the house up while it’s running. Keep the lint filter and hose clean.
Bake early in the morning or late at night so that the oven doesn’t add a lot of heat to the house, causing the air to run more. If you don’t have a big family, investing in a small convection oven might be a good idea. It won’t heat the house up, and it’s a lot smaller, plus it won’t use as much electricity. Using a crockpot can also save time and power and keep the heat down.
Don’t waste money trying to cool rooms that aren’t being used. Close the doors and leave them shut. If there are air vents in the rooms, close them off.
Keep the curtains and shades closed in the day, so that the hot summer sun beating down on the windows doesn’t heat the house up more. It’s actually cheaper to have a light on than it is to have the light off and the curtains open when it’s super hot outside.
The hot summer sun can cause your power bill to go sky high, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The ideas mentioned above can help you save money on your power bill. Use them wisely and keep your money in your pocket instead of the electric company’s pocket.