Save Money on Your A/C Unit
Getting the Most Bang for Your Energy Buck
Energy prices are rising, and American homes are responding by cutting back; however, it’s not necessary to give up the comfort to which you’ve grown accustomed. With some smart energy efficiency changes, you can watch your electric bill drop without sacrificing more than you need.
Where to Save the Most Money on Energy Bills
When you get your energy bill every month, it’s not always clear where you consume all the electricity. By knowing where you’re using the most, you can cut back in the biggest areas first and save the most money. Your heating and air conditioning expenses make up almost half of your energy bill. It’s even more in summer months. Use these tips to cut your bill down to size:
- Schedule maintenance instead of responding to repairs: Like the car you drive, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs regular maintenance. By scheduling routine maintenance in spring and fall, you keep your system running in top condition for summer and winter. A system running at peak performance will lower your electricity bill. You’ll cut out the cost of emergency repair too.
- Use a programmable thermostat: You probably don’t want to monitor your household temperature every day. By installing a programmable thermostat, it will automatically adjust the temperature when you’re sleeping or working. You save money because your AC is off or using less electricity each day.
- Upgrade an old air conditioner: If you’re using a system older than ten years, then all of your efforts will only make a small dent in your energy bill. Upgrade to a modern system with the highest energy efficiency rating, called SEER. You can cut your cooling costs in half, and the lower energy bills will offset the initial cost of the new system.
- Replace old furnaces: An old furnace can cause the same high energy bills as an old AC. If your heating costs eat up your budget, then consider an upgrade.