If you’re not happy with your current energy bills, and are looking for easy ways to save money, then look no further. There are many simple adjustments you can take as a homeowner to improve your energy efficiency and lower your electric bill. Many homeowners are under the impression that turning off their air conditioning will help them save extra dough. Not only is this counterproductive, but there are many other things you can do to lower your monthly costs. The following are some small adjustments that can improve the efficiency of the appliances in your home and help reduce your energy costs throughout the year.
How to Save Energy Use & Money
Use these three tips to help save money and reduce your energy usage.
Replace Old Air Filters
One of the easiest ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system is to regularly replace the air filter. Not only will this help improve the indoor air quality of your home, it will ensure that your air conditioning system can work properly and efficiently. Dirty air filters can become caked with dirt and allergens, causing health probelms and air pressure issues within the system and requiring the unit to work harder and use more energy to compensate for this airflow problem. We suggest that you change your air filter every month during seasons of high use, such as summer, and every few months during the rest of the year.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Summertime in Arizona can be brutal, with daily temperatures skyrocketing to triple digits. If you’re looking to save money during this time of high air conditioning use, but don’t want to compromise the indoor temperature of your home, then we have a solution for you! It’s as simple as changing your thermostat by just a few degrees.
This potentially could save you hundreds of dollars throughout the summer. We suggest that you set your thermostat to 78 degrees fahrenheit, which is a standard temperature recommended for its efficiency throughout the summer. If you’re considering leaving your home, whether for work or vacation, do not turn your air conditioning system off. We advise that you simply increase the thermostat by 10 degrees while you’re gone.
Check Your Outside Unit
Last but not least, one of the simplest steps you can take to save money is to go outside and check your outdoor unit. Most central air conditioning systems have both an outdoor and indoor unit. The outdoor one is susceptible to blockages due to large items, debris, plants, and dirt. These items can prevent heat from being properly released into the air and cause the system to overwork and use more energy.
Simply go outside and remove as much dirt and debris from the system as possible. Also, if you haven’t had your HVAC system serviced for regular maintenance recently, we suggest you do this ASAP. Regular maintenance can help detect problems before they occur, prevent future problems, and keep your system working efficiently and effectively throughout the year.