Below are more ways to lower your bill, and increase your wallet:
1. Close all doors and windows, close up any gaps or cracks. You are allowed to leave the house. However, if you, or a child, were to stand in an open doorway for just 2 minutes, all the hot air from outside is going to come inside. Soon, there won’t be a difference between the temperature outside and in, and even sooner, the A/C is going to kick on, and kick up your bill.
2. Use shades, blinds, and/or curtains on all windows. Blocking the sun’s harmful rays from entering your house before they do will also help to save money.
3. Use a fan instead of the A/C when you need to cool down. Fans cool only a small room at a time, but they don’t have to absorb as much energy either. Fans also cool down a room faster than the A/C can.
4. Program the A/C to turn off while you’re at work, and make sure you turn it off if you’re heading out on the weekends. Even if you don’t want to turn it off, you can still raise the lowest temperature up a degree or 20 to save you the cash. You don’t need to cool your sofa and tv set, do you?
5. Save the high energy use machines for the night. The washing machine, dryer(!), oven, dishwasher, ad pool filter use more energy than most realize. Try and use them during off-peak hours to save your bill the extra knock or two up. (By all means, feel free to use your refrigerator during the day!)
6. Use the “auto” setting instead of the “on” and save a handful every month.
7. Save your lungs and your wallet by cleaning out the air filter. No one wants a build up of dust to be blown constantly into a room, and without the back up, the A/C doesn’t have to work so hard to get cold air out.
8. Have a professional inspector come out every year or two to check out the ventilation system. A leaky duct and a cold attic doesn’t help you at all.
9. The next time a lightbulb dies, buy the energy saving bulbs. I cannot claim that they are, but even if a lightbulb cost $1 more at the store, you can save much more in the energy bills, for the entire lifespan of the bulb!
10. Leaving plugs in the sockets can use up to 10% of a homes energy! Please, unplug the toaster, the night lights, and the chargers.