Will You Be Wasting Money This Winter?
According to a September 3, 2013 Fox News article, heating and air conditioning waste is costing consumers quite a bit of money. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to cut these costs. As we head into the winter months, most people aren’t thinking too much about air conditioning. However, there are some things that you should do during the winter to help maintain an efficient air conditioning unit.
Build or Plant a Source of Shade
If you plant a tree, hang an awning, or place some other item that will provide shade to your air conditioner’s outside condenser, you could save 10% on your energy bill. If you choose a tree, however, make sure that it won’t grow bigger than you expect and prevent good air flow to the unit during the summer.
Cover the Outside AC Unit
In the winter, it’s best to cover your AC unit so that things like debris, dust, leaves, cobwebs, and twigs don’t get in. An uncovered unit could also develop deposits because of rain, ice, and/or snow. If your unit does develop deposits, your spring cleaning routine might involve more than vacuuming or blowing out your air conditioner – you might need a more expensive professional cleaning with chemicals to get your unit back into good working order.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Air-conditioning works at full throttle until it reaches your set temperature. This means that cranking it down extra low not only won’t cool your house faster – it will actually increase your bill by 7% per degree. If you program the thermostat to kick in before you arrive home, the steadier pace will prove kind to your wallet.
- Instead of cranking up the heat, try using flannel sheets and heavier comforters in the winter. Also consider wearing warmer clothing.
- Make sure your home is effectively insulated, because according to the US Department of Energy, only 20% of homes built before 1980 have proper insulation. You can find out by feeling for air leaks around doors, windows, electrical outlets, baseboards, fireplaces, and attics. If you find leaks, you can seal them with weather strips or caulking.
If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be doing more than saving money – you’ll be making your home environmentally friendly too.
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