How to lower your summer bills
Updated: Jun 22
Figuring out how to lower electric bills in the summer can be difficult, especially when temperatures are at their hottest. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to save on your electric bill during the summer months. Try these simple energy-saving tips and focus more on the pleasures of summer.
Place large houseplants in front of sunny windows. The plants will provide cooling shade and fresh air for your apartment.
2. Use fans
Install ceiling fans, which can help everyone in the room feel cooler without the need to run the A/C as much - or at all. While the fans don't actually lower the temperature in the room, the create a wind-chill effect and make you feel cooler by accelerating the evaporation of perspiration on the skin.
3. Wash at night
Run your dishwasher and washing machines at night or before 11 a.m. to avoid peak usage times and potentially higher rates. Utility companies often raise gas and electricity rates during the hottest time of the day.
4. Use a power strip
Plug your TV and components into a power strip. Then turn the whole power strip off when your are away and at night.
5. Check for air conditioner efficiency
It is recommended to have a professional check and clean your air conditioner (and your heater) once a year. Andes Air Conditioning provides AC diagnostic only for 49$! You can afford it!
6. Change Your AC for more energy-efficient unit
If the unit is more than 15 years old, you may want to consider replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient unit.
7. Ducts are matter
On your current system, check your duct work for dirt streaks, especially near seams. These indicate air leaks, and they should be sealed with a duct mastic sealant. Keep yard debris away from the outside compressor of your air-conditioning unit and keep nearby bushes trimmed.