Prices and temperatures are both on the rise this summer.
Here are five tips for saving money on air conditioning.
Energy costs vary by state, but the average monthly electricity bill is about $115. You could cut down on that cost by 10% with these five tips:
1. Use a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats are likely the easiest way to manage your home’s heating and cooling. Usually they are app-enabled, so you can manage it all right on your phone. Many models can be set up to be controlled with Alexa or Siri.
The US Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat 7-10 degrees warmer. Doing this for eight hours a day can reduce your bill by 10%.
2. Set your thermostat higher
The US Department of Energy recommends 7-10 degrees, but other sources say that five will do the trick. Setting your thermostat higher will maximize efficiency.
3. Close the shades
Closing the shades could also cut your energy costs– as heat is drawn to them. The darker the shade, the more heat will be attracted. If you set your air conditioner to aut0-pilot, this trick will prevent it from turning on as often.
The Department of Energy reported that shades can reduce heat by as much as 33%.
4. Consider a dehumidifier
If you live somewhere with a humid climate, a dehumidifier can help pull moisture from the air. In turn, it will make the air more dry and comfortable while reducing strain on the air conditioning.
5. Put in window awnings
Window awnings are shades placed on the outside of the house, above each window. They are an effective way to block the sun and can reduce heat gain by up to 77%.