How can I lower my monthly AC bill?

Sample electricity bill

It’s a hot summer day and you are forced to stay inside your cool house or apartment. All is well until you see that massive energy bill.

Here are some tips to lower your monthly AC bill, keep your house cooler, maintain cool air, and lower that energy bill.

UPGRADE WINDOWS

One great way of reducing your energy bill is to upgrade your windows to energy efficient windows. Energy efficient windows use a low-emissivity glass also known as Low-E glass which is used to help block 90 percent of sun rays. This will keep the heat inside when it’s cold and outside when it’s hot. This means they will not only be useful in the summer but also the winter! By keeping the cool air inside your air conditioner will have to do less work to keep your house cool, and thus will lower your energy bill.

INSULATION

Many older homes are not properly sealed. Poorly sealed homes will leak air from the windows, attics, walls, and other places. These small cracks can easily leak cool air out of your home and require your air conditioner to work harder in order to compensate for the loss of cool air. A great way to seal your home is by caulking leaks or cracks and weather stripping your windows. You can also get your home professionally insulated for great results.

USING FANS

Using fans along with your air conditioner is a fantastic way do disperse cool air and make your home cooler. Whether it’s a ceiling fan or an ordinary rotary fan, you can cool your house up to 4 degrees cooler. Fans will circulate the air and give you a wind chill effect, leaving you will a cooler house and a lower electricity bill.

MAINTAIN YOUR AC

As you use your air conditioner, more and more dust and debris can collect in its filter. Air conditioner units have to work harder due to blocked air flow from the dirty filter. Cleaning your filter can lower your air conditioners energy use from anywhere from 5% to 15%. It also is a good idea to get your air conditioner serviced by a professional. They will clean your filter, coils, and make sure everything is working properly in order for you to get the most bang for your buck when using your air conditioner.