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AC Tips to Beat Higher Bills  

AC Tips to Beat Higher Bills

One way to keep your AC unit working efficiently is to keep plants trimmed and away from your unit.

Energy Efficiency: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation

With the intense heat we’ve experienced the past few weeks, air conditioning units have run nearly nonstop. And that means that utility bills will be higher than normal. There are some ways you can control the costs at least a little.

Here are a few of the tips that you can undertake right now to help control your air conditioning costs:



  • Replace your filter. Clean and replace the air conditioner filter if you haven’t done so within the past month. This is especially important during the summer when dust and allergens circulate. If the filter becomes clogged, your system will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air.
  • Check your outdoor unit. If you have plants, shrubs, and other landscaping too close to your unit, trim them back. There should be a space of 2 to 4 feet between your unit and any landscaping to ensure adequate airflow.
  • Keep heat from your thermostat. Move lamps, TV sets, or other heat-producing appliances away from the thermostat as the heat from those items can make your air conditioner work harder.
  • Dial down the thermostat. Every degree below 78 increases your energy consumption by about 8 percent. If your monthly electric bill is about $100, you’ll save $8 a month with EACH degree you can stand above 78.
  • Turn on fans. If you haven’t done so already this summer, switch your ceiling fan to run counterclockwise to push cool air down where you can feel it. You can run a ceiling fan half the day for about $1.50 a month, compared to $25 for an air conditioner. (Don’t forget to change the fan direction to clockwise for winter.)
  • Install window film. Window film or tint applied to the insides of your windows can help keep your house cooler in the summer and also warmer in the winter.
  • Close draperies and blinds. This action will keep direct sun from warming up your home, and will help keep your AC unit from turning on as frequently.


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