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5 Tips to Reduce Your Air Conditioning Bill This Summer

Jake Perri, Service HVAC Technician
With over 6 years of experience in HVAC service and repairs, Jake understands the air conditioning inside-out. He is skilled in diagnostics and loves explaining all-things air conditioning. On the weekends, Jake coaches for under 14s junior rugby league – Campbeltown Warriors. He also enjoys a good chat about the West Tigers – Jake’s favourite NRL team.

Truth be told, sweltering in summer heat is no fun. But you know what’s worse? Your AC bill will skyrocket in an attempt to keep cool from the blazing heat. Don’t let the need for comfort run your account bank dry. Here are 5 tips to lower your energy bill while still maintaining cool.

  • Program your thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature of your body accordingly. When used correctly, it can save 10-30% on cooling bills. During the summer months, your base temperature should be around 78 degrees F. It’s estimated that for every 1 degree you turn the thermostat down, you save 1% less energy. To put it succinctly, you should not set temperatures that make your air conditioner work too hard.

The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the more you save on your bill. Before buying a thermostat, you should check for compatibility. Otherwise, you’ll not reap the benefits not to mention you risk harming your cooling equipment.

  • Save money with solar energy

Using solar-powered energy can help your household save money on air conditioning energy bills.

By using solar electricity that your house generates, you can avoid buying energy from your retailer.

  • Turn off heat-emitting lights in unused areas 

Turning off the lights will keep the house cooler, an extra benefit in summer. However, the cost of effectiveness will depend on the type of lights you’re using. Incandescent lighting uses 90% as heat and 10% as light, so they can conserve a lot of energy when switched off.

Although halogen lights are more energy-efficient than their traditional counterparts, you should turn them off whenever they’re not needed. In addition to turning off the lights, you must consider switching off any electronic equipment like computers, dryers, and televisions. It’s recommended that you use them during peak hours – late at night or early morning.

  • Turn off the AC while you’re asleep 

To keep your energy bills low throughout the summer, you should keep your AC on during the day and off during the night. Because the evening air is naturally cooler, take advantage of that by opening a window. That way, you’ll get a gentle breeze to cool things down. For a comfortable sleep, you don’t want your air conditioner to run the same way it does during the day.

  • Maintain your air conditioner

You won’t reduce your cooling costs if you don’t take care of your equipment. The air filters, fins, and coils must be maintained accordingly. In most cases, clogged filters obstruct the air flow reducing energy efficiency. When you clean the filters once a month, you’ll reduce energy consumption by 5-15%. It’s prudent that you consult a specialist to ensure your unit is kept in top-notch condition.

Final thoughts

Whether you own a home or rent an apartment, hot weather is a great equalizer. If your air conditioning unit is not working at optimal levels, you may want to consider replacing it with newer models. Needless to say, it should be manufactured by following Minimum Energy Performance Standards that allow efficient circulation of air.

Don’t let expensive electricity bills ruin your summer!

Call us on (02) 8061 5028 to make a booking with our insured friendly air conditioning technicians today.