Just the other day I got my electric bill in the mail, I was surprised to see that my bill had gone up $25 more than what it usually is. I had also noticed that my AC unit had been acting up a few times last week. I was not to happy when I called an AC service company to come out and take a look at my unit. After they were done looking at it, they basically told me I needed to buy a new one. I was not aware of how expensive these units could be.
Did you know that AC unit system ranges anywhere from $1,000-$6,000 or even a more? I decided to wait a while and try different methods to keep my house cool and lower down my electric bill since its summer time the AC is working overtime.
- Use the dryer at night when its cooling down, rather than using it in the morning when it’s hot and will require more energy.
- Wash clothes with cold water has been said to save energy and save up to $150 a year.
- Air drying or using hangers to dry your clothes.
- Use crock pots instead of using the oven or turning on the stove which will heat up your kitchen. crock pots don’t use as much energy.
- Unplugging electronics that you are not using, or buying a power plug to plug-in all your electronics so you can shut them all down at the same time.
- Replacing your lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (energy savers). It has been said to help you save up to $120 a year.
- A programmable thermostat is also an energy saver. Did you know that 42% of our energy costs are due to trying to keep our home heated or cooled?
- Since most of us have desktops and laptops; a good way to save energy is putting them on sleep mode.
- Setting the thermostat at 78 degrees and turning it off when you’re not home also helps reduce energy.
- On days when it is hotter than 90 degrees it’s been advised to do your cooking, washing, and drying after 6pm.
- Replacing the air filters every month is a must.
If you have an AC unit system that is older than 15 years it is highly recommended for you to replace it.