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4 Ways to Save Energy and Your Air Conditioning Bill This Summer

Entry #2570, June 27, 2013

Are you tired of the soaring electricity bills during summer? Are you looking for a way to save your air conditioning bill? If you answered yes to the above questions, here are some tips that will help you save energy and have a lower your air conditioning bill.

1. Cool down your surroundings

Before you get into the house, make sure your exterior is cool. One of the effective methods of cooling down the yard is through planting trees and large shrubs. These will naturally reduce the air temperatures, provide shade and reduce water evaporation.

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Ensure your home is kept cool while saving on your energy bill

Image via: Shelly Harrison

Some of the trees that you can consider include Hybrid Poplar and the Weeping Willow. If you’re looking for fast growing trees, then go for Bald Cypress, Box Elder or the Chinese Tallow Tree among others.

2. Adjust your thermostat

A programmable thermostat is ideal for a centralized ac system. This kind of thermostat makes it possible for you to set your in-house temperature during specific hours of the day.

You can therefore decide to set it off when there is no one in the house. This can also be done at night since the outside temperatures are generally cooler. If used correctly, the programmable thermostat can help you save a whopping $150 on your energy bill!

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3. Use blinds and curtains

Studies by the California Energy Commission show that the window lets in 40% of the excess heat in your house.

This is a huge percentage to ignore.

Therefore, simply arranging blinds so that they reflect light outside the window will help reduce these solar energy effects. Additionally, you can opt to shut the curtains that face the south or west during the day.

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Curtains provide insulation and shield direct sunlight to keep your home cooler

Image via: Matthew Millman

4. Keep your AC air filter clean

Something as simple as ensuring that your AC filter is clean will help you save lots of energy; whether you use an individual air conditioner or a centralized air conditioning system.

If your filter is dirty and clogged, its efficiency will be lowered and in turn it will use double the energy. Therefore, make sure you check your filter regularly and keep it clean.

Looking through the above points, there is no need for you to spend a lot on your energy bill this summer. These are simple tweaks that may help you to make huge savings. Therefore, go ahead, implement them and use your energy savings for a worthy cause.

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