How can you manage to save a few dollars on those monthly bills while staying cool?
Here are a few tips to try that can add up to significant savings by the end of the Summer season:
1. Programmable Thermostat – If you already have one, you probably take it for granted. If you don’t have one, you can have Peck install one for you. Just this step alone can save you up to $100 a year! But you need to take a few minutes and actually program it for your family’s needs, which brings us to our next tip.
2. Set Temps Higher – There are recommended temperature settings that keep you comfortable while not causing your air conditioner to run as much. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re at home and 80 degrees when you’re away. According to the Department of Energy, you can save 5-15% on your air conditioning bills by raising the temperature setting when you’re not home. Do those temps seem too high for your family? Then try setting them just 1-2 degrees higher than your usual setting until you adjust to the difference.
3. Regular Maintenance – It’s crucial that you keep your air conditioning system maintained to keep it clean and running most efficiently. Have your system checked in late Winter or early Spring before you need to run it regularly so there are no surprises. A maintained system has improved performance and less running time, saving you money on your bill. Check Peck’s specials page as there are often deals on pre-season tune-ups.
4. Change Air Filters Regularly – During peak months, air filters need to be changed monthly or every three months at least. Air filters become clogged with dust, dirt, pet hair, and more. The more the system is running, the faster the filters will get clogged. When your air filters are dirty, the system has to work much harder to get that air flow. Set yourself an email reminder to change the filter and save yourself a few dollars!
Have you been following these money-saving tips? If not, which one will you try first?
Whether you still need an air conditioning tune-up or just need to have your home checked to find out other ways to save on your energy costs, Peck can help you with that! Check our current specials page and give us a call at 916-409-0768 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.