In the summer, our electric bills skyrocket. And it’s no wonder! Our air conditioners make up around 60 percent of our energy bills. If you’re looking to cut down your bill, just follow these simple tips to help reduce your energy consumption.
1. Close Your Window Blinds
Opening your blinds during the day is a great way to bring in light, but it can also let in something else. When your blinds are open, heat pours in, raising the temperature of your home. When this happens, your AC has to work harder to cool down your home and you waste electricity.
Before you leave for the day, make sure that all your blinds are drawn. This will help keep the temperature in your home down so you use less electricity.
2. Set Your Water Heater to 120 Degrees Fahrenheit
Having your water heater set too high cannot only leave your shower scalding hot, it can also cost you money.
According the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), having your water heater set higher than 140 degrees Fahrenheit can cost your around $60 extra each year. Save money by turning down your electric water heater.
3. Change Your Air Filter Monthly
A dirty air filter restricts airflow. When this happens, your AC has to work twice as hard to cool the air in your home. This increases your energy bills while decreasing your comfort. To keep your home comfortable and energy efficient, change your air filter every month.
4. Landscape Your Yard
Landscaping not only adds beauty and value to your home, it can also help cut cooling costs. Strategically placed trees and shrubs help block sun from entering your home. This helps keeps your home cooler and it means your AC doesn’t use as much electricity. So not only will you have a beautiful yard, you’ll also be saving money.
5. Schedule Annual AC Maintenance
Our air conditioners account for over half of our monthly electrical bills. So it’s only logical that in order to cut back costs, you start with the air conditioner! The best way to keep your AC running energy efficiently is by having regular, annual maintenance.
AC maintenance helps keep your AC clean and running its best. So your home stays cooler while you spend less on electricity.
Contact Blair’s Air Conditioning in Clearwater to Schedule AC Maintenance
Cut down on your cooling costs. Contact Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating. Our team will help to ensure your air conditioner is energy efficient. Just give us a call today or schedule your appointment online.