The Energy Sucking Monster: Air Conditioning

This summer we have been experiencing record high temperatures across the nation. Keeping the house bearable can be a real budget buster.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, consumers spend 6% to 12% of their income on utilities, and summer heating and cooling corpus christi accounts for a large portion of that.

While we can’t ignore the need for air-conditioning and constantly running fans during the summer months we can be smart about how we use electricity.

5 Simple Fix’s To Summer Energy Bills

The U.S. Department of Energy says Americans spend more than $22 billion a year on air conditioning, that’s 70% of their electric bill from this energy sucking monster. While you can’t beat the heat in some places without it, there are ways to reduce the amount of money you spend in kilowatt hours used for air-conditioning and can be of great help.

  1. If you are not home, leave it off. I was always led to believe that turning your air conditioning off and then on again actually made things worse. The truth is you can save significant amounts on your energy bill by turning the air off or at least down when you are not home. (You can endure the heat for a few minutes until the air kicks onJ)
  2. Replace the dinosaur window unit. My parents have an old air conditioner unit that we often have to call an air conditioning repair company. I have been pleading with them to replace every time they mention their summer electric bill. Even though purchasing a newer unit will cost you upfront, you can save money on your energy bill immediately, and for years to come.
  3. Clean that dirty filter! Guilty as charged, this is not something that ever rises to the top of my to-do list; at least it wasn’t until I received my first summer electric bill and was advised by my electric supplier to clean the filter as a quick fix to reducing my astronomical bill.
  4. Let the fresh air in.  Unless you have severe allergies and can’t bear to have the windows open, a few early morning and evening hours with the windows open can make a big difference on your bottom line.
  5. Fan yourself a few dollars.  You can cut energy costs significantly by using fans instead of the energy sucking air conditioner monster. Fans use less electricity; therefore reduce your electric bill.

I am not suggesting you suffer through the heat, but a few simple switches may help to control your utility bills leaving more money in your pocket and less of a chance to need debt relief due to the summer heat.

What tips do you have for reducing the cost of the energy sucking monster, air conditioning?

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Air conditioning is one of the most important inventions of the last century. When air conditioners were first invented, they utilized blocks of ice to cool rooms and homes. Since then, AC systems have revolutionized the way we live. From various device types to high-tech programmable thermostats, modern-day AC systems are like distant relatives to those of the past. Here are the main types of air conditioners available today.