A southern summer usually means sweet tea on front porches, farmers markets and air conditioning to beat the heat. Trying to stay cool in your house can mean your electric bill takes a hit, but with some planning and know-how, you can prevent losing control of your bill. Here are some tips for keeping your electric bill under control.
Turn off overhead lights
Overhead lights can get hot and add to the sweltering outside heat, meaning your AC will have to work overtime to keep your house cool. Rely on natural light and opt for lower lights like covered lamps.
Get your AC inspected
We use a lot of AC in the south. Give your unit an annual check up to prevent any surprise issues at the peak of summer.
Close blinds and raise the temp when you’re gone
Turning down the air when you leave helps keep the AC from running when no one is home. If you’re worried about your house getting too hot, close the blinds to block the sun.
Make sure you’re fully insulated
An easy way to lose the efficiency of your AC unit is to have the cold air leak out through cracks under doors and around windows. Walk around your house and feel for hot spots, then check for leaks and cracks. This will also help in the winter.
Program your thermostat
Many heating and cooling systems have an option to be programmed when to turn on and off. Try setting up a program to turn off the air while you’re at work and turn on just before you get home at night. This way you won’t have to remember to turn down the air every morning.
Cut your dryer time
Built up lint in your dryer can slow down the drying process which means it takes longer for your clothes to be finished. Cleaning out the lint trap is not only good for the dryer, but also can prevent fire. It’s a good idea to also clean out the pipe behind the lint trap for extra lint. Also try using dryer balls to make your dryer more efficient.
With these tips and tricks, staying cool in the summer doesn’t mean letting your electric bill get out of control.