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Ways To Save Money On Air Conditioning

During the summer, your homes HVAC system becomes a major drag on your utility bill. The further south you live, the more that this is true. If your electric bill is getting out of hand, here are some ways to save money on air conditioning and still keep your home cool.

There are more ways to save on air conditioning that you might think. Have a look.

Keep Cool With Fans

This is the number one way to save money on air conditioning during the summer. Use ceiling fans to keep the air moving and take advantage of the wind chill effect. Air moving over your skin will pull heat and moisture out of your body. This will cool you off and allow you to set your air conditioner to a higher temperature.

If you do not have ceiling fans and can not afford to spend 100 dollars a piece for them, just buy a couple of portable fans. You can usually find them for $15 to $20 each and you can simply move them around the home as needed.

Install A Programmable Thermostat

Why pay to cool your home when it is not needed? There is a common myth that keeping your home at one set temperature costs less, but this is simply not true. If you are keeping your homes thermostat on one setting, you are wasting money.

Install an inexpensive adjustable thermostat and set the temperature higher when you are away and when you are asleep. Doing so can save you as much as 10 percent on your home electricity bill.

Also, skip the expensive “learning” models. Unless you just have to have the latest and greatest, an inexpensive model will work just as well and you will recoup the expense much faster.

Block Out The Sun

You probably know that the sunlight equals heat, but what are you doing to block it from your home? Sure, it is nice to have a bright room, but sunlight comes with a cost.

Try to keep the sun out of your rooms, especially on the west side of your home which will get the most intense rays in the afternoon. If you do not have blinds or curtains, you can accomplish this cheaply by purchasing inexpensive paper blinds or simply securing sheets over your windows with thumbtacks.

If you have double pane windows, avoid aluminum foil. It has been reported to cause damage from the light reflecting back and heating the gas between the panes.

Landscape Your Way To Savings

You can block the sun from getting into your home from the inside or get ahead of the game by blocking it from the outside. Planting trees that block the sun can work wonders for keeping sunlight out of your windows and off of your roof.

Obviously it will take several years to notice the savings from landscaping, but the sooner you get started the better. For quicker results, choose faster growing trees like Cleveland Pears and Maples.

Cook Your Meals Outside

You have probably never thought about how much heat your stove and oven put out, but it is substantial. This is all fine and dandy during the winter months, but in the summer, you can not afford to have that 2000 watt heating element running.

Take full advantage of the summer months by cooking as many of your meals as you can outside. Your home’s air conditioning will run less and you will get into the spirit of the season. If you do not have a grill, save a little money and pick one up from Facebook Marketplace. What you would purchase for 500 dollars new can be had for around 100 dollars on the used market.

Seal The Leaks

When was the last time you took a good look at your window and door seals? It is something that is easy to ignore, but those little seals make a big difference. If they are any gaps at all, you are leaking air. Air that you have paid to cool.

Lucky for you, those seals are cheap and easy to replace. They generally cost just a few dollars a piece and install in seconds. If you want to take it even further, shrink wrap your windows. For less than a dollar a piece, you can seal windows that you never use with a piece of shrink wrap plastic. It will completely eliminate air leaks and add an air gap that will help insulate your home.

Take Advantage Of Average Billing

The summer months are always the most expensive because of high air conditioning expenses. No matter how much you try to lower your usage, your bill will go up during the summer. You can offset the additional costs by taking advantage of average billing.

Most electric companies will have a program that allows you to pay a little less in the summer and a little more in the winter. It will average itself out so that your bill is more stable throughout the year. That $300 plus summer bill becomes a much more manageable $200 bill year round. If you find your electric bill hard to pay in the summer, contact your electric company for details.

Get Out Of The House

The less that you are in your home, the less that you have to spend on air conditioning. The air conditioner does not have to fight the body heat that you and your family produce and you can set the thermostat higher.

While you are out, take advantage of air conditioning that other people are paying for. This might mean window shopping at the mall or reading a book at the library. There are all sorts of free things to do in air conditioned places.

Of course, you can also go the other direction and take advantage of what summer is all about, being in the sun. Visit a free local splash pad or hang out at the park. Enjoy your summer while you save on cooling your home.