It’s summertime, and life is simple. In the land down under at this time, the living is also humid, sticky and can get a little unpleasant. Australia has gorgeous, long summers with temperatures that can comfortably climb to the mid-30s (degrees Celsius), but after being in the humid heat of the day, retreating to a gloriously cool air-conditioned house is often exactly what the doctor ordered. Thank heaven for a warm oasis of air conditioning. It is the refuge of an Aussie family from those boring summer days where the breeze will feel like a hot blanket sometimes.
Naturally, the downside is that in this peak season, your air conditioning machine at home will be asked to work super hard. Without you noticing, this means that your air conditioning bill will rise. Much like the temperature at midday, energy consumption will skyrocket. There are, however, some very basic and efficient tips for reducing your air conditioning bill during the summer season and keeping a comfortable indoor environment. When the bills come rolling in, applying these tips will help you stay cool.
1. Switch the night off and save yourself as you nap.
This tip for money-saving is as plain as day and night! During the day, keep the air conditioning on, and at night, off. The logic is clear. Firstly, the evening breeze is inherently colder, but by shutting the air conditioning off and opening a window, you can take advantage of it. You could also get a slight breeze to make it calm off.
Open windows or doors on both sides of your house to allow it to pass in, if you notice a welcome breeze.
Second, your body simply doesn’t need the air conditioner to work at the same temperature as it does during the day for easy sleeping. So, you will enjoy some nocturnal energy savings and sweet dreams with the air conditioner off.
2. Timers and thermostats – set and save
Every degree matters when it comes to energy consumption and reducing the air conditioning bill over the summer!
So you can set your thermostat at a reasonable temperature that will not make your machine work too hard, but will also make you feel like you’re sitting pretty, one of the most energy-efficient things you can do. As a reference, where you can place the thermostat is anywhere between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius. Be mindful that you can save on your electricity bill for any single degree of cooling you can do without. So in summertime, stop getting it too cold. It will cut costs by up to 10 percent even by setting the air conditioning unit one degree colder than you usually do. Try not to set the thermostat less than 8 degrees below the outside temperature as a guideline (so if it’s 30 outside, target indoors for 22 or 23 degrees Celsius).
Consider a thermostat with a built-in timer to actually help lower your electricity cost, because you’re not only adjusting the temperature, but setting the hours of service for optimum energy performance. It makes sense to have a machine that automatically does that for you, so you can set it up and forget it. Of course, and save it.
3. Shut the light out and get shady
Shade, shade, shadow, shade. But you should have it, grab it, and it can help make your home cooler. Your air conditioning unit will then not have to work too hard, and your electricity bill will be lowered. It’s straightforward. You can not turn the sun off during a humid Aussie summer, so you can add enough shade to turn the heat off.
Holding blinds, doors, drapes and awnings pulled and closed is the first way to turn shady. Keep the glorious sunshine outside where it belongs, whether it’s Venetian blinds, roller blinds, plantation shutters or lined curtains. Light-colored backings for blinds and curtains for sun-facing windows can also help deflect sun heat.
You can block out the hot air and the sun’s rays by shutting curtains, blinds, shutters or drapes, meaning the air conditioning does not have to work all the time to retain the ideal temperature. When the windows have a good line of protection, heat retention can be significantly minimized. Some of the sun’s heat flowing into your air-conditioned sanctuary will avoid even tinted windows, and your unit won’t have to work too hard.
Would you want any more options to throw out shade and minimize air conditioning bills? Remember the original shade creator of Mother Nature—trees. Find the walls and roof as well as the windows, and plant trees, vines or shrubs that can provide a protective line of shade to the property.
4. Switch off those culprits who emit heat
The TV, the monitor, the printer, the corner lamp, the kitchen oven… all these household essentials produce heat buckets and cause the air conditioner to work harder to keep the temperature under control. Switch them off and you’ll automatically save money on the energy consumption of the air conditioning!
What can be switched off? Could you turn off lighting in your home’s unused areas?
You have a game to unplug? Could you turn the TV or all other equipment off? A lot of heat is generated by these tablets, laptops and printers, which will make the air conditioner work harder. Who knows, it could also help get the art of communication back (or maybe spark a mutiny in the family!)
Why not attempt to prepare dinner on the outside of the BBQ, or enjoy a lovely salad that does not involve cooking at all? Your indoor stove will really heat up your living room and lead to your bill for air conditioning.
So if you want to keep your bill of energy consumption and air conditioning down, think about cooking al fresco meals. Who doesn’t enjoy a snack or a summertime steak grilled on the BBQ? And all the more, if it makes your house cooler.
5. Keeping it tidy to minimize costs
Here’s one more awesome tip for reducing your summer air conditioning bill. To retain maximum performance, ensure that the air conditioning unit is properly maintained and that the filter is either replaced or washed. Any air conditioning unit works harder with a polluted filter, which means more electricity and higher energy prices!
This is a long, hot season, and when the bills come in, stay cool.
An energy bill will skyrocket by using the air conditioning, but the alternative is not pretty, either. Luckily, as the summer months progress, there are a few forms that you can make your air conditioner work smoother and save you money.
Learn more: What to do when you don’t cool your air conditioner
Quit the community cooling
If your house isn’t brand new, by worn door and window seals, a badly sealed attic and other sneaky holes, the cold air inside it is potentially seeping out into the neighbourhood.
Sign up for a home energy check with your utilities company or a nearby contractor to see how good your home is in the winter. A licensed home energy rater or inspector can search for leaks in your home and discuss the best way to make your home more energy-efficient.
Don’t you want to audit for spring? Do yourself a mini-audit. Race your hand over the windows and doors and stand outside your house. Do you imagine the relief of the cool air? Caulk around leaky windows if you do, and install isolation around screens.
Conduct an update
It’s time to make a transition if you have not converted to a smart thermostat—such as Ecobee, Lyric, Lux or Nest. When you’re not home to save space, smart thermostats will control heating and cooling. Plus, using an app on your computer, you can remotely change the settings. Some also work for Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings,
Wink, Google Home and other platforms for smart homes.
Make sure you are on the right wall with your thermostat
The positioning of thermostats will play a significant role in how well the air conditioner operates. For eg, if you place it on a wall right next to a hot window, the air conditioner will turn on even more frequently than it needs, so it will feel that the space is cooler than it really is. Here’s how to find the right thermostat wall.
Lock the blinds
A opening in the bright sun will not only fire up the thermostat, it will also heat you up. Cover the window blinds during the warmest time of the day to keep the heat out. It will even help insulate the walls, which avoids the release of cold air.
Using a fan
A ventilator will help save on cooling costs.
In order to feel cooler, you don’t need to amp up the thermostat sometimes. Using a ceiling fan will help a space feel 10 degrees colder, according to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), which consumes 10% of the energy of a central air conditioner.
If you want to get high-tech, smart ceiling fans that attach to an app can be built. When these fans turn on and off, you can arrange the hours, and you can control their pace without standing on your tiptoes.
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Many people assume that when you leave the building, leaving the air conditioner at the same temperature saves money so the AC would not need to work too hard to cool the home. That’s not the case. Lauren Urbanek, senior climate policy advocate at NRDC, says the cheapest way to use the air conditioner is to switch up the thermostat before you leave the building.
During extended periods of time, air conditioning systems work more effectively at maximum power. So when you get in, kicking it at a lower temperature will save you more money than cycling on and off of the AC while you’re out.
To keep your AC at the correct temperature, a programmable thermostat will make it super simple. When you’re at work, you can schedule the machine to work at higher temperatures and cool off just before you get home.
Low settings are a no-go-go
To save the most money, always set your thermostat at the highest temperature you can bear. Even a minor temperature shift will save you big bucks.
By setting your thermostat just 10 to 15 degrees higher for eight hours per day, according to the Nebraska Energy Office, you can save 10 percent a year on your cooling bills. When you’re at home, the US Department of Energy advises reaching for an indoor temperature of 78 degrees F.
Without a time of scorching heat, it wouldn’t be an Australian season. During the peak season, the air conditioning system would work extra hard to keep your home cold, ensuring energy consumption and costs will increase without you even noticing it.
For fear of a higher than normal electricity bill, soaring temperatures do not entail being budget aware and sweltering in the sun. We’ve put together some handy tips to make your air conditioning system operate more smoothly over the summer months, without breaking the bank, to create a relaxing atmosphere.
The secret to Planning AND Repair is
If you already have built a reverse cycle air conditioning system, spending some time paying attention to it on either side of the summer is important. If it’s during the hot or colder months, a little maintenance will ensure that it works at its finest when you need it.
Operating an ill-maintained air conditioner will lead to low performance. This means that to cool the home, the air conditioner would have to work even harder, putting pressure on energy consumption and eventually the expenditure of the household. It’s safer to get an air conditioning system serviced by a certified air conditioning technician annually. This may be every one or two years, based on use.
Filters inside the indoor air conditioning unit collect dust during daily use, which can clog the unit if left uncleaned, restricting air flow and lowering air conditioner efficiency. Clean dust with a vacuum cleaner with recycled filters, or wash every month with mild detergent and warm water. Until replacement, ensure that the filter is fully dry. Replace as needed as per the manufacturer’s instructions for disposable filters. It is also easy to clean and clean the dust that builds up around the indoor unit grilles and the louvers with a damp cloth.
Great The Setups
It can be very enticing to lower the air conditioning temperature inside to try to cool the atmosphere quicker while the temperature outside is intolerable. This will, however, place undue pressure on the system and lead to a rise in the use of electricity. We proposed setting the temperature about 23 degrees Celsius in summer to create a relaxing atmosphere while minimizing the consumption of electricity. Increasing the air conditioning thermostat by just one degree in hot weather will minimize your appliance’s operating costs by up to 10% .
THE Best Pacing
To maximise performance, there are a variety of options to use the air conditioning system. In-built timers are used in most air conditioning systems, so you not only adjust the temperature, but set the hours of service with minimum energy output. The in-built timer, for example, can be programmed to begin cooling a bedroom on a hot night an hour before you decide to go to sleep. It aims to create a good sleeping atmosphere which has a negligible effect on the air conditioning system.
To launch the air conditioning unit earlier in the day, use programmable timers. The weather inside and outside the house is normally colder at the beginning of the day, ensuring that the air conditioning system requires less energy to reach the fixed temperature during the day. Switching on the air conditioner places an excessive amount of energy on a machine during the hottest time of the day, making it much harder to run, and taking longer to cool down the house.
Build REFRESHING ZONES
Cool just the space that is being used, or spaces. It makes sense not to spend energy cooling rooms that are vacant, particularly if they are not in use during the day while children are in school or parents are away for long periods of time. It tends to cool off quicker in the main areas of the house, minimizing energy consumption. Installing a Fujitsu General Ducted System with zone control allows specific areas to be cooled as needed if you reside in a big house. Otherwise, it would also be useful to lock doors or block off entry to rooms or places that are not being used.
HOME ISOLATE AND SEAL
By placing pressure on the unit to keep the space at the ideal temperature, a home without any insulation will make the air conditioning system operate harder than it needs to. Ceiling insulation will decrease your energy consumption by 45 percent, making it a valuable investment. If you’re uncertain if you have ceiling insulation, putting your hand on the ceiling on a warm day is a decent way to verify, if it feels very hot, it’s doubtful you’ve got insulation. With electricity costs set to increase, the addition of insulation will now make the home cooler in summer, colder in winter, and help reduce excessive energy bills in the future .
Sealing the house is another way to preserve the cold air in the home which is much more economical if you either have insulation or you live in an apartment. Making sure that when the machine is on, all doors and windows are kept locked. Cover minor holes and cracks with sealant around screens, and seal draughts with weather strips or draught stoppers under doors. The cold air inside would be kept in a well-sealed and well-insulated home for longer, enabling the air conditioning system to function effectively.