Is your budget tight coming into the summer months? Does the prospect of a higher electric bill scare you? Winter may be easy to deal with. You save money by throwing on a jacket and cuddling up with a blanket. Summer is not so easy. The sun doesn’t care that your car broke down or that your kids need to go to the doctor. It will keep blasting away the heat if you like it or not. So what can you do to cut down on the air conditioning bill and still be comfortable? You actually have a lot of options to keep cool. Here are some tips to help you save money on electricity this summer.
Making sure your home is properly insulted is probably the best way to save money for years to come. A properly insulated house will keep the cold in during the summer and the warm in during the winter. The less cool your house loses during the summer, the better. It means your air conditioner will not need to be chugging for hours just to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. Check your house for insulation leaks and patch up any spots that are losing air. Also check your windows and doors and make sure that they are not drafty. The little things can add up and make a big difference!
Keep Your Air Conditioner Maintained
It is easy to ignore your air conditioner when it is working. If it turns on when you tell it to and it works, who cares? Well, you may be losing money! Don’t let something simple waste your hard earned cash. Keep your air conditioner systems maintained. Clean out the air filter on your air conditioner once a month. This will ensure that your air conditioner isn’t working harder than it needs to.
Turn Off Unused Electronics
It may be tempting to keep your TV or computer on when you run off to the grocery store, but leaving on electronics can hurt your bill in more than one way. The electronics themselves use electricity, of course. Unplug any electronics that are not being used, especially things like toasters and chargers. just having things plugged in can eat up electricity. Leaving on your plasma TV or computer can also warm up the air around them. Warmer air means your air conditioner needs to kick in to cool down the air again. Turn them off and save!
Upgrade Your Home
We live in an age where having more control over your home is possible. Programmable thermostats are widely available now. This way, you can set for the thermostat to kick in at certain times of the day to fit with your schedule. There are even thermostats offered by alarm companies that can be adjusted on your smart phone. I found a company, Smith Monitoring, that offers it at a really good price here in Dallas. The brand they sell boasts to save the average customer $24 a month. I definitely recommend local companies though because they’ll typically fight to earn your business.
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