Research has shown that setting your thermostat to 78 degrees may save you money on your utility bills. If your household is empty during the week for any length of time you need to consider having a programmable thermostat installed. By having a programmable thermostat installed & used properly you could save about $20 per month or more in energy costs.
If you have a programmable thermostat you will want to program your thermostat 3-6 degrees higher than what you usually have your thermostat set at when you’re at home.
Change your filter once a month. A clean filter will help your AC run approximately 10-percent better.
“If you don’t keep your filters clean on the unit that just clogs the unit up and makes it run harder and longer”, states Tom Smith, Owner of All Year Cooling.
Invest in a programmable thermostat. Some sell for as little as $30 at Home Depot. Set it for 78 to 80 degrees when you’re not home and keep it on the auto setting so the fan doesn’t run continuously.
Use a caulking gun to fill any leaks in windows or doors and you can also buy window film to help keep your home cool. “Minor things can save you a significant amount of money”, he adds.