|As you switch off your heating and turn on the air conditioner, you might be concerned that your energy usage is about to climb with the temperature. However, there are some simple ways to power this consumption while staying cool. Here are tips for reducing your AC energy usage this summer. |
In the days before air conditioners were common for residential use, fans were the default cooling devices. When the temperature isn’t too high, like in the early morning or evening time, shut down your AC unit to save on energy.
INCREASE YOUR THERMOSTAT SETTING BY ONE DEGREE
You might be comfortable at 70 degrees but your body won’t notice if it’s 71 degrees instead. Over the long term, this small change can help save on energy, especially if you raise the temperature by a couple more degrees.
As with heating, you can reduce the energy consumption at night by lowering the demand for cooling. A programmable thermostat allows you to set this and forget it while reaping the benefits.
WADING POOLS AND SPRINKLERS
On a really sweltering day, make use of the cooling effects of water. As long as your city isn’t dealing with drought conditions, pull out the blow up pool or run through the sprinkler while you wet the lawn. The kids will love it!
Staying cool involves keeping your body’s internal temperature just right. Stay hydrated with cool water to lower the demand for your AC unit.
STRATEGIC TREE PLANTING
Trees provide shade and can lower the temperature around your home by a couple degrees. Shading your windows and even the air conditioning unit itself will reduce its energy demand.
CLOSE YOUR CURTAINS OR BLINDS
A tree outside your window isn’t the only way to get shade. Close your curtains to buffer your room from the heat and reduce your AC’s energy consumption.
MAINTAIN YOUR UNIT
A properly maintained air conditioner uses less energy. Have your unit tuned to keep it running without consuming too much energy.
UPGRADE TO A HIGH EFFICIENCY AC
On a hot day, there’s only so much an alternative form of cooling will provide. The best way to reduce energy consumption of your air conditioning unit is to select one that uses less electricity. Consider upgrading to a high efficiency unit to keep cool without overspending on energy.