That loud, churning beast in your backyard might be costing you some serious dough, and you might not even realize it.
Did you know that half of your total annual energy bill comes from your air-conditioner use in the summer? Yep, it costs a lot to keep cool. But fear not, there are several ways you can trim some of the fat off what you owe:
1. Change your furnace filter every three months.
If you don’t, it causes the motor to work harder, thus increasing energy output. Also, have you ever seen a clogged furnace filter? Think: dirtiest sponge on the planet. You’re breathing that.
2. Program your thermostat.
Most people now have programmable thermostats in their homes. The problem is most people don’t program them. It can be annoying and repetitive to input your preferences, but once you do it, you’re set for the entire summer.
3. Make sure you take the air conditioner cover off.
Elementary, you say? Apparently a lot of people forget, and that can cause serious damage to the A/C unit. Would you turn on your barbecue without taking the cover off? Yeah, didn’t think so.
4. Ceiling fans can also be a good investment.
These can keep you cool for a fraction of the price, especially in bedrooms — they cost pennies to run. So it might be time to take down that ceiling mirror and replace it with a fan.
5. Don’t forget to close the blinds and/or curtains.
Sunny days, while lovely, raise the temperature in your home if you have all the curtains open. The A/C will kick on if it detects heat, so the obvious solution here is to go hermit-style and block that sun in whatever way you can.
6. If you
‘re lucky enough to have a pool, don’t leave the pump running 24 hours a day.
Use a timer and take advantage of lower electricity rates. Oh, also…get in the dang pool.
Remember the golden rule: Every degree you raise (in Celsius) on the thermostat can save you 3 per cent of your heating bill. So switch from tropical (25 degrees) to “desert night” heat (22 degrees) and right there, you’ve shaved off 9 per cent. Easy.