As a Queenslander, I know all about hot weather and sweltering summer days. Actually sweltering days at random through Spring and sometimes Autumn too at times. If you live in Australia’s northern states, it helps to enjoy the hot weather.
But even those of us that do, and I do love summer, it still means keeping cool. The air conditioner is a popular choice for many, but the runnings costs can drastically increase your electricity bills. No fun! So I wanted to share some tips that given to me by a technician doing air conditioner repair in San Antonio I met while traveling. He taught me how you can reduce air conditioning costs this summer (or at least keep them from blowing out of control).
REDUCE AIR CONDITIONING COSTS AT HOME
24 Degrees Celsius
24 is the recommended temperature for air conditioners all year round as it is pleasant both during the cold weather when you want to maintain a comfortable warm indoor temperature, as well as keeping you cool during summer. Resist the temptation to increase or decrease the temperature.
Turn On Before the Heat Hits
Something that surprises many is that the most effective way to reduce air conditioning costs at home is to turn on your air conditioner before the hot weather has kicked in. I know I personally used to wait until I couldn’t bare it anymore and then turn it on, but have since learned that this means your air conditioner needs to work hard to cool an already hot house, thus using lots more energy.
Instead, turn it on early in the day when you know it is going to be extra hot and this will mean the air conditioning unit does not need to work so hard to maintain that comfortable 24 degrees Celsius. Check out PortableACNerd.com for a graph representing the efficiency at different temperatures, you will clearly see why 24 is the best.
Leave It Off
If it isn’t that hot or if you aren’t at home, consider leaving your air conditioner off. Sure, they leave our house feeling lovely and cool, but some days we can get by without them, by turning on a fan or keeping cool with lots of water and light clothes instead.
If you don’t really need it, don’t turn it on and you will save yourself a small fortune on your electricity bills.
If your air conditioner is already installed, you have little say over this now but if you are shopping for a new one, it is worth spending a little more to get an air conditioning unit that is higher in energy efficiency. This means less running costs which will save money on home expenses in the long run.
Depending on your unit, you may also be able to get an energy saving assessment done on your existing unit. I actually have no idea what this consists of but when we had it done, the electrician installed some quick fitting that helped reduce the running costs of our air conditioning units (yes, our house has 3).
In our household we are normally pretty good with our air conditioner use, and only use it if we really need to, although last summer I was heavily pregnant so for surviving summer pregnancy, it became my new favourite thing for a few months.
If you want other tips how to save money on electricity bills, you can find my recent post here.