3 Tips to Save on Your Electric Bill During the Summer

Summer is in full swing, which means your electricity bill is probably climbing faster than you’d like it to. Keeping your house cool and comfortable when it’s hot outside requires a lot of energy, and sadly, that leaves you holding a hefty check at the end of the month. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your electricity bill reasonable, even when it’s 100 degrees outside. Here are the top three tips that will save you money and prevent your air conditioner from working too hard.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

After installing a programmable thermostat, it’s estimated that you’ll save around 20 percent on your electricity bill, even during the extreme weather of winter and summer. Plus, these thermostats are better at accurately maintaining a consistent temperature, which means you’re less tempted to crank the AC when things get a little too warm. You can also set the thermostat to turn the system off when you’re not at home, which prevents you from wasting cold air on an empty apartment or house.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

Surprisingly, the U.S. Department of Energy states that using a ceiling fan alongside your air conditioning allows you to set your thermostat four degrees higher without noticing a difference in temperature. That means you can set your thermostat at a temperature that’s easier to maintain and lower your usage substantially.

Keep Blinds and Curtains Shut During the Brightest Hours of the Day

Did you know that about 76 percent of sunlight that falls on your window turns into heat? By leaving your curtains pulled back or opening your blinds when it’s blisteringly hot outside, you’re actually raising the temperature inside your home and causing your AC system to work double-time. Give your air conditioner a break and keep the windows covered.

Contact Duggan’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

If you’re looking for more tips on making your air conditioner cost-effective, or if you need someone to install a programmable thermostat in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Duggan's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®. Our expert technicians will walk you through the process and provide valuable advice. To learn more about our services, call (706) 914-1617 today.