In the heat of summer it can be hard to keep your home cool and comfortable without seeing your energy bills skyrocket. It’s during these hot summer months that your air conditioner works its hardest, which can cause your unit to use much more energy to blow cold air through your home. The bad news is that summers in the city aren’t going to get cooler any time soon, but the good news is that it is possible to save on energy without sacrificing your family’s comfort. Here are a few simple ways to save that will take the heat off you this summer.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats adjust to the weather or to your personal preferences and will shut off automatically when you tell them to. That way, you will never forget to shut off you’re AC when you don’t need it, offering you automatic savings. Some thermostats even track your energy savings and products like the Nest Thermostat will send monthly energy savings reports straight to your phone!
Be smart about the temperature you keep your home at.
It has been measured that for each degree set below 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) your energy use increases by 3-5%. So, the minimum temperature to keep your home at that will use the least amount of air conditioning energy is 25 degrees. For the most comfort and the highest savings, set your thermostat to 25 degrees Celsius.
Efficiency is key.
Since more than half of energy used in homes typically goes to heating and cooling, making sure that your units work at their highest efficiency is very important. High efficiency air conditioners operate at 90% efficiency in comparison with older systems that operate around 65% AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). What this means is that with older units, 35% of energy used is lost due to inefficiency but high efficiency systems offer the highest possible energy conversion, keeping your energy bill as low as possible while cooling your home.
Keep your home air-tight.
If your monthly energy bill is high but your home still feels too warm in the summer, the cold air from your AC may be escaping through cracks and windows. Consider installing high efficiency windows with low-e coatings, argon gas fill and insulated spacers to keep the cold air in and the hot air out this summer.
Have an energy audit performed.
If you are concerned with the efficiency level of your home, it is a good idea to have an energy audit performed to identify areas in your house of low efficiency where you are losing money on heating or cooling. Performing an energy audit can also lead to thousands of dollars in rebates when you upgrade your home or heating and cooling units. For more information on how upgrades can save you more, contact an EcoLife representative today!