Saving energy is always a good thing, regardless of what your motivation may be. Some people work hard to save energy because it will keep their utility bills down as low as possible. Others are focused on the environment, so they try to limit energy usage in order to positively impact the earth. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what keeps you motivated to keep the air conditioner in the ‘off’ position as often as you can. As long as you have a good plan and you understand the steps that can be taken toward conserving energy, you will be doing your part.
So what is it that you can do to save energy for your cooling system? The tips below will go a long way toward that goal.
Take Advantage of Natural Cooling
Many climates will enjoy significant cooling at night, even when the temperature is rather hot during the day. If that is the case where you live, make sure to invite that air inside through open windows once things have cooled down at night. Any cooler air that you can bring in through the windows will help to reduce the burden that is placed on your air conditioning unit.
Set Reasonable Temperature Goals
While we all like to be comfortable while relaxing indoors, you probably don’t need to cool down your house to the same temperature it sits at during the winter months. Find a nice middle ground where you can feel comfortable without having to cool the house down all day long. Assuming you have a programmable thermostat, set a cooling schedule so that your home is cooler when you are going to be home, and slightly warmer when you are gone.
Put Fans to Use
Some people who have air conditioning installed in their homes think that they have no need for fans. After all, why not just run the AC unit until the house is comfortable? While that is certainly an option, it is an option that is going to use up a lot of energy. Instead, consider using a combination of AC and fans to move air around the room in order to make for a comfortable atmosphere for you and your family. A room with a slight breeze will always feel cooler than a room with stagnant air, even if they are actually the same temperature.
Don’t Ignore Maintenance
One of the fastest ways to waste energy is simply to run a system that hasn’t been serviced in some time. Air conditioners require periodic maintenance in order to continue running at an efficient level, so it is important that you keep up with the maintenance schedule suggested by your manufacturer. You might have to invest a little bit of money in these maintenance visits, but that investment will be worth it when you are able to cut back on your utility bill.
Everyone should do what they can to save energy, whether that energy is being used for a cooling system or any other purpose. With a little practice and attention to detail, you should be able to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without having to run your air conditioning unit all day, every day. Good luck and stay cool!