Central ACIt’s estimated that half of your household’s total energy usage is from heating and cooling costs.  That being said, we understand that you want to stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. So if you have central AC, here are 5 ways to save on your energy bill this summer:

  1. Shade, Shade, Shade- You want to reduce the amount of direct sunlight shining into your home and on your roof. Planting leafy greens around your home and windows can really cut down on the greenhouse effect and keep your inside temperature cooler, reducing the amount of work your AC needs to do. On that same note, if your plants shade your central AC unit, you can boost your AC’s efficiency by up to 10%, according to the US Department of Energy. You can also get a similar effect by using window screens or window films, which work by blocking, or in the case of window films, reflecting, the amount of sunlight that shines through the windows.
  2. Filters Are Your Friend- It’s recommended that you check and clean your central AC filter once a month and plan on replacing your filter about once every three months. You can clean your filter by running water through it and then letting it air dry.
  3. Use a Programmable Thermostat- If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to be higher for times when no one is at home, and cooler for when you need it– easy money savings!
  4. Your Central AC Needs Annual Check-Ups, Too- Having a professional come out once a year and check your central AC unit can help you identify any problems, such as mold, rusting, or grime build-up that could be reducing your unit’s efficiency and costing you money.
  5. Energy-Efficiency Matters- If you have an old AC unit, consider replacing it with a newer, energy-efficient model; this could potentially cut your energy costs in half! Look for a unit with a high-energy-efficiency ratio or an Energy Star-qualified unit.