For those of us in the desert heat, the summer means soaring electrical bills due to air conditioner costs. However, D&H Electric is here to give you some tips that should help offset some of these costs and save you a little money this summer. We asked for some tips via Facebook and those are included in this list. Check it out, we might just save you money on your electric bill this summer!
- Regularly Change You Air Conditioner Filters– this one was suggested by Ernesto (super D&H Electric employee). Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 15%. Given that HVAC is half (or more) of your electric bill, that is a savings of 7.5% off your total electric bill you are missing out on if you are using dirty air filters. Also, a dirty HVAC filter causes your air conditioner motor to work harder, increasing the likelihood of a problem. Change those filters!
- Use Fans – Using fans helps the air to circulate properly which puts less pressure on your AC. If you have a ceiling fan it should have a switch to change the direction of the fan’s rotation. If it is hot in the room, you want to push the hot air up and out of the room, so the fan should rotate in a counter-clockwise. If you use air conditioning, ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Every degree you raise your AC and instead use fans will likely save you 4% in energy costs. That can save you a lot of green this summer!
- Use other appliances less – You can offset the high energy costs of cooling by using appliances less to save money. Air dry your clothes, hand wash your dishes, and unplugging unused appliances (energy vampires) can reduce your electrical costs. It’s easy to tell how much you are saving by using the Energy Use Calculator.
- Use a solar oven – This was suggested by Jennifer on Facebook. Thanks, Jennifer! Take advantage of the heat by cooking meals naturally with a solar oven. You can buy one or even make one and cook everything from cookies to chicken to pasta. Not only are you harnessing the power of the sun to cook but stoves warm your house up, causing your HVAC to work harder. If you are feeling less adventurous, you can get the same benefit by cooking meals on the barbeque.
- Turn off the lights and keep curtains closed – We know it’s dark, but the lights heat the house up and the sun coming through the window will heat your house up quicker than you can say “but it’s a dry heat!” To get the maximum benefit, use blackout curtains. If you must use lights, make sure you are using LED bulbs. LED bulbs last longer and will cost you less money in the long run because they use less electricity. Less electricity also means the bulbs warm your house less, saving you on your energy bill.
Thanks for reading! Stay cool this summer Yuma!