When it comes to saving money on energy costs, even the smallest energy efficiency improvements can make a big difference. The average family spends nearly $2,200 per year on energy bills. Now more than ever, people are looking for ways to save money on energy costs. Follow these simple energy saving tips for summer to cut your home’s air conditioning bill.
Home Energy Saving Tips for Summer
Before turning on your central air conditioning unit in June, July and August, check out these energy saving tips for summer to ensure the season gets off to a good start.
- Be sure that the AC condensing unit located outside is not covered up and is clear of brush. The air conditioning unit needs to draw outside air into the system. If it cannot pull enough air, the unit will operate less efficiently, which means higher energy bills. Clean obvious obstructions such as newspaper, leaves, etc., from around the exterior of the unit.
- Turn the air conditioner on for a few minutes before summer hits. That way, if a problem is found, you’ll have enough time to schedule an AC repair call to have a BGE HOME professional come to fix it.
- Be sure the thermostat is set in the cooling mode. Just setting the dial below room temperature will not activate the air conditioning if it is set in the heat mode.
- Change the AC filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict air flow, reduce efficiency and could cause the evaporator to ice up. Replace disposable fiberglass filters and clean electrostatic or electronic filters according to manufacturer specifications.
- Be sure all HVAC access panels are secure, with all the screws in place.
- Schedule a cooling system tune-up with BGE HOME. Our comprehensive 21-point air conditioning system efficiency tune-up will ensure your unit is ready for summer.
Saving Money on Air Conditioning
- Run your thermostat efficiently. While it’s tempting to turn your thermostat to a low setting to cool your house suddenly, that will end up costing you big. Turning down your AC will not cool your home any faster.
- Set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature. It’s recommended that you keep your thermostat at 78° as often as possible.
- Use your windows when necessary. The cheapest way to keep your AC bills low is to use your AC only when necessary. When you do use your AC, ensure that hot air isn’t leaking into your house.
- Use our BGE Home Energy Calculator. Using our free tool, you can see how to save on your bill using the BGE home website!
A thoroughly cleaned air conditioning unit will operate at top efficiency. But be extremely cautious when cleaning an outside HVAC unit. The use of a hose and water carries a serious risk of electrical shock and possible shorting of electrical components.
If your AC is acting up, your bill may increase. Be sure to schedule routine maintenance for your home’s cooling unit with BGE HOME.