When it comes to electricity bills, the air conditioner is the biggest energy consumer in any house. In some parts of the countries, especially in summers, it is kind of mandatory to use air conditioners for most of the day because of high temperature. It means you will see high utility bills. If high electricity bills has been bothering you of late then you don’t need to worry, you can lower them even when you run the AC for long hours.
Here are some things you can follow to save on your electricity bills:
This is perhaps the most important point to consider if you want to save on electricity bills. If you have an underpowered AC, it means the compressor will have to work much higher to keep the room temperature down and will increase your electrical costs. Other factors that you will need to take into consideration would be direct sunlight, ceiling height, and the number of occupants.
Set your temperature right
Most people have a habit of keeping a constant temperature throughout the day. However, you don’t need the same temperature throughout the day. At night, the temperature can be set a little high. Maintaining a temperature that’s 5 to 10 degrees higher than the one you’re used to for 8 hours should save you up to 10% on your cooling bills every year.
Switch to an inverter air-conditioning system
The inverter technology has a similar concept of an accelerating car, allowing your air-conditioning unit to decrease or increase its speed when required. When a compressor runs at a constant speed, it would naturally consume less energy to reach a stable temperature and save electricity. You can save approximately 30-40% on your electricity bills by switching to inverter technology.
Replace your old AC with newer and more energy-efficient ones
Check the energy rating on your current AC, the more the stars, the more energy-efficient the AC is and less energy it will consume. Unfortunately, the old AC models have fewer stars and hence consume a lot of energy. Invest in new AC and you can save on energy bills for coming years.
Know condition of air filters
With time, the air filters of air conditioners collect debris and dust and eventually restrict air flow. Once the air flow is interrupted, the AC will strain to keep the room cool and that will make it use more energy. Cleaning and changing your air filters every 60 to 90 days is a good practice and will keep air flowing smoothly in your room and help you in saving money on electricity bills.
Keep appliances away from thermostat
A thermostat is sensitive to heat. If it senses that the temperature around is higher than expected, it will keep the AC running until the whole area is cool enough. So appliances and electronics like TV, computers, and lamps should be kept away from the thermostat.
Ceiling fans circulate air throughout the room and it means the AC does not have to work as hard to pump cool air into the room. The improved air circulation keeps your thermostat 4 degrees higher without reducing comfort. Ceiling fans consume less electricity when compared to AC and also they help your AC do its job more efficiently.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Furniture sometimes obstructs air conditioning vents which mean the AC could be cooling the back of the chair or a sofa. Check your room and see if the vent is getting blocked. There are plastic pieces available in the market which you can buy for your vents to help force air in the right direction. Though, the easiest way is to just rearrange your furniture.
The amount of light both natural and from bulbs, effect the temperature of the room. Check how much light is coming from open windows and how much light you are using in the room. Although it might seem neurotic to open and close your windows every day with the changing of the sun, it makes a huge difference in how much heat your AC is competing against.
These are some efficient ways to make your home more cost-saving and a happier space!