Energy prices continue to spiral higher and higher, with no end in sight. As these costs continue to rise, so does the American homeowner’s utility bill. In warmer regions, it’s typical for 60 to 70 percent of the summer electric bill to come from air conditioning. As a whole, air conditioning makes up more than 17 percent of the average homes yearly electric bill. Of course in the south, that number will be higher. A few tips can help you save money on your electric bill.
Purchase new energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Today’s systems use 30 to 50 percent less electricity than systems from 15 years ago.
Regularly change the air conditioning filter. Studies show that a savings of 5 percent on the typical electric bill can be achieved by keeping a clean air filter.
Invest in some insulation. It will help keep the hot attic heat out of the house. The US Department of Energy recommends R-49 insulation in the attic.
Check the duct system and seal the leaks. According to Energy Star, about 20 percent of the air moving through a typical homes duct system is lost.
Install a programmable thermostat. How much money you save will vary by how well your home is insulated and by how often you manually adjust your thermostat.
Use a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air. Moisture holds heat. It feels much cooler to the body if there is less moisture in the air because moisture hampers the bodies natural cooling process.
Use ceiling fans. A room using a ceiling can be several degrees warmer and just as comfortable as a cooler room with no fan. A ceiling fan costs much less to operate and they can and should be used only when the room is occupied.
These pro-active steps can be implemented with the expectation of lower electric bills. Contact your local air conditioning or insulation contractor for a payback calculation based on the area you live in, your habits and your equipment.