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9 Air Conditioner Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill

Posted on The Cooler Blog June 13, 2013 by Terry Jones

During the summer period, the average American family pays about 40% of their energy bill for air conditioning? These simple tips can help you significantly reduce those energy bills during the summer.

  1. Using the central A/C to cool only one room at a time just doesn’t make sense. Getting a portable air conditioner is a better solution, as modern portable units have a very high energy efficiency rating.
  2. Covering your windows with blinds or white window shades can reduce heat gain from direct sunlight by up to 50%. For the outside, hang bamboo shades or tightly woven screens; these can prevent up to 80& of the sun’s heat from getting in.
  3. Keep all windows closed during the day and open them for ventilation at night. You should also turn on the fan instead of the A/C unit.
  4. If you are using a mini-split air conditioner, make sure that the outside compressor is in the shade. But it requires room for air flow, so do not plant trees or bushes next to it.
  5. Clean your air conditioner filter on a monthly basis.
  6. Make sure the A/C unit is the right size for your room. A small unit may not cool your room as it should and a large unit will consume much more energy than necessary.
  7. If you use central air conditioning, seal all A/C ducts. Insulate ducts that run through rooms that don’t require cooling, such as the attic, basement, or garage.
  8. Replace your old air conditioner with a modern high efficiency unit. Older A/C systems have a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of only 6 or 7, while modern air conditioners offer SEER as high as 13. That means that it will consume almost 50% less energy.
  9. Cooking, dish-washing, and laundry generate a lot of heat. It’s better to perform these activities in the evening.

Practically everyone sets their A/C unit to the desired temperature and let it go automatically, but it will cost you. Excessive energy consumption is not environmentally friendly; these tips can help you save on your bills and reduce pollution in your area.

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