Summer is here, which means trips to the beach, days at the pool, and fun summer nights. But it also means that the utility bills are likely to increase. Air conditioning units are fantastic but also require a lot of electricity. Those who run their A/C unit continuously are likely to see a jump in their utility costs. In order to keep those utility bills in check, there are several changes that homeowners can make to cut energy spending and earn some extra cash for that summer vacation.
1. Take advantage of your windows
One of the most overlooked ways to keep your home cool is paying attention to your windows. Once the sun goes down, temperatures drop, sometimes by as much as 20 to 30 degrees. Those who live in climates where this happens need to take advantage of this. When the night is cool, open up the windows and let the cool air in. This will cool the home using the temperatures from the outside without requiring air conditioning. Open the windows, turn off the A/C, and let the home cool during the night.
You can also make your windows work more efficiently for you in the daytime. Use insulated curtains while the sun is out to keep your rooms cooler, particularly in rooms that get direct sunlight. Lighter fabric colors can still be insulating, but won’t make your rooms completely dark.
2. Use a smart thermostat
Smart devices are everywhere these days—even when it comes to your energy bills. Smart and programmable thermostats allow you to set your A/C to run only at certain times of the day. For example, you might want your thermostat to run only while you are at home and awake, allowing it to shut off while you are asleep or at work. Program these thermostats to run the air conditioning only when absolutely needed. This could result in large cost savings. And if you have a thermostat you can control from your smartphone, you can turn it off when you’re not at home, and turn it back off before you arrive home so it has time to cool down.
3. Put ceiling fans to work
Another way that families and homeowners can lower their utility bills is to use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans will keep the air in the home circulating, contributing to an overall lower temperature due to the wind chill effect. Ceiling fans are far less expensive than air conditioning units and can lower summer utility bills significantly.
4. Keep your HVAC unit running efficiently
While many people get frustrated when their HVAC unit is due for maintenance, this maintenance is important for keeping everything running efficiently. Make sure to get your air conditioning unit maintained on time. This ensures that the unit is able to do its job efficiently, contributing to lower utility bills overall. Have a professional inspect the unit prior to the summer heat wave, if you can help it.
In the end, these are only a few of the many ways that homeowners everywhere can keep their utility bills under control. Any way that you can reduce reliance on your air conditioning unit, the more you’ll be able to lower your utility bills. So think about giving a few of these methods a try. They are great ways to keep the home comfortable without requiring a large amount of electricity.