When the temperatures outside heat up, you likely retreat to your home for some relief. Thanks to your air conditioner, you don’t have to sweat morning, noon, and night. That being said, there is something else you may sweat about: the cost of your electric bill. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep the cost of your electric bill down while still enjoying the cool air produced by your AC unit.
Here are three tips to experiment with:
1. Use ceiling fans to cool your home and circulate the air. Conventional thinking would have you believe that this would increase your electric bill. Despite the use of fans, you will actually find your bill decreasing since your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard.
2. Keep windows and doors shut. Don’t get in the habit of leaving doors and windows open while running your air conditioner. This is only going to put more strain on your system, causing your electric bill to go through the roof.
3. Take advantage of a programmable thermostat. Does your home really need to be as cold during the day, while you are at work, as it is during the night? Definitely not. Use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature in your home at particular times of the day.
If your electric bill is too high during the warm summer months, you may begin to think that turning your air conditioner off is the only thing you can do. This is not the case. Experiment with the three tips above, and you may be surprised at how much money you can save. Best yet, you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to keep some extra money in your pocket. Like most, you want to stay cool and save money. Let this advice help you reach both goals.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.