Whether you can afford a more luxurious life or if you’re struggling to pay rent, one thing everybody can agree on is that we can all benefit from lower bills. And in the hot summer days, one bill that generally costs the most is the cooling bill, and nowadays no one can live without a cooling system.

And the question that starts appearing the most is:

"How can I lower my electric bill in the summer?"

Well, here you’ll find the answer to that and to how to save electricity while using AC, and on the process learn some easy and simple ways on how to get the cooling bill down and save money!

Keep the System Well-Maintained

Maintenance is key if you want to decrease your cooling bill
Maintenance is key if you want to decrease your cooling bill. Source: Porch 

You know it. Can’t run from the maintenance. You have to frequently get your indoor heating and cooling units checked and inspected, and also get everything cleaned from time to time. That means not only the unit and its filters, but also the ventilation fan and the ducts.

This is crazy:

A malfunctioning unit can shoot your bill to the sky while also decreasing your air quality, which can trigger asthma and allergy attacks.

Run Your AC on Economic Mode

Use a programmable thermostat to increase temperature when you’re not home
Use a programmable thermostat to increase temperature when you’re not home. Source: Lera Blog 

That urban myth that says you should leave your thermostat at the same temperature at all times has long been debunked.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s spokesperson Christina Kielich,

“Setting your AC as high as is comfortably possible and using a programmable thermostat to increase temperature when you’re out, or asleep, could easily decrease your summer cooling bill by 10%.”

It’s best to gently raise and lower the indoor temperature as needed, increasing the temperature when you’re out - especially for long periods of time - rather than leaving the thermostat always at the same temperature.

Here’s the deal:

The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures throughout the summer season, the less you’ll spend.

Seal the House

Sealing the windows and doors is very important to avoid wasting energy.
Sealing the windows and doors is very important to avoid wasting energy. Source: Hamacapty 

If your house isn’t brand new (and even if it is), you have to check that the cold air isn’t sipping out of the house, which can increase your bill dramatically.

How do you know if your house is sealed?

Take a walk around the house and run your hand along windows, doors and cracks. Check if they are correctly sealed. If they aren’t, caulk around leaky windows and add insulation around your doors. A poorly insulated attic may also be a problem, so contact a pro to get it inspected.

Try Using a Fan

A fan will keep you comfortable and save you energy.
A fan will keep you comfortable and save you energy. Source: Pinterest 

A ceiling fan will not cool the house, but it can make you feel up to 7 degrees cooler due to the wind effect. The option is especially beneficial at the night: you can increase the thermostat a little and use a fan to keep you comfortable while you sleep. Even if you left the fan on all day, it still uses way less energy than cranking up the AC. Just try not to leave the fan on in empty rooms!

Simpler Solution

You may be wondering:

“Is there an even better way to save money on my cooling bill?”

And the answer is: Yes.

It’s simple: get a newer, energy-efficient cooling unit.

I know it is an extra expense that you think you probably don’t need to make now, but comparing an older and less efficient model with a newer unit, the difference in energy consumption is huge. In no time you can get your money back and in the very first month you’ll already notice your cooling bill dropping like crazy.

It doesn’t matter if your cooling system is a central HVAC that works for the entire house or just a small split unit for one room. The difference is very significant in any scenario.

An energy-efficient cooling unit will save you energy and money
An energy-efficient cooling unit will save you energy and money. Source: Pinterest 

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