Hear that? It's the noise of your a/c unit running and the sound of your checking account drying up.
Heating and air conditioning your house take a 43 percent bite from your monthly energy bill, according to the United States Department of Energy. Here's how to decrease those costs in summertime.
1. Improve Plantings Around Your House
"A lot of heat that accumulates inside a home comes directly from the sun shining onto the roofing system or through windows, and warming your house directly," says John Krigger, owner of Saturn Resource Management, which provides energy conservation training in Helena, Mont
. Planting leafy trees around the building's outside will stop the sun from reaching inside your home. "Even for the cost of going to the nursery and buying a 15- to 20-foot-tall tree, trees are still the very best value," Krigger says.
If the trees or shrubs shade you’re a/c, you might improve your Air Conditioner's performance by approximately 10 percent, according to the United States Department of Energy.
2. Clothe Your Windows
Solar screens, or mesh-like window screens, intercept up to 70 percent of solar power prior to it enters the house, Krigger says. Window screens are especially reliable on east- and west-facing windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Window movies are another alternative. They are transparent, metalized sheets that reflect heat prior to it can be transmitted through glass.
However, windows must be shut for window films to work, while solar screens do double-duty, keeping sun and pests out even with windows open.
3. Flip A Switch
Go ahead, get comfortable. Lower you’re a/c unit's thermostat setting to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you're at house. But let that number rise to a warmer temperature level in the evening or when you're far from to your house. You can conserve 5 percent to 15 percent on your air-conditioning bills by raising the temperature setting on your thermostat when you're away and do not require cooling, according to the Department of Energy.
4. Chill in The Basement
Camp out in your basement, states Stan Cox, author of "Losing Our Cool: Unpleasant Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)." In your eco-cooled basement, a tv, sofa or futon and a cold beverage might be all you need.
However, Scheckel states don't open basement windows when outdoor air is heavy with humidity. "Warm, moist air will trigger condensation on cool surface areas such as basement walls, eventually enhancing the humidity in your house," he states.
5. Do not Bake or Prepare On The Range
Skip the stove-top boiling and oven baking, Cox states. Reduction indoor heat by making microwave nachos or eating a cool salad. If you have to boil pasta for tomorrow's meal, cook at night.
After food preparation, switch on the cooking area exhaust, and put the restroom exhaust fan after a hot shower. "Get rid of heat and moisture at the source," Scheckel states. "Alleviating humidity can assist increase convenience.".
6. Preserve Or Change Your Air Conditioner.
"A/C effectiveness is mainly a function of the technology," Scheckel says. "Keep the filter clean to enable good air movement and keep the unit level so the condensation drains properly.".
If you replace your older space air conditioner with a newer unit, you could cut your energy expenses in half, according to the Department of Energy. Try to find a high-energy-efficiency ratio, or EER, or an Energy Star-qualified unit. Greater EER scores mean a more efficient ac system. Energy Star describes a system embraced by the U.S. Epa and Department of Energy to determine energy-efficient products.
7. Let Humidity Set Your AC Speed.
Set the AC fan speed on high, other than on really damp days, states the U.S. Department of Energy. On damp days, set the speed on low. The slower air movement through the air-condition devices eliminates more wetness from the air, improving convenience in your house.