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It’s no secret that energy costs are on the rise, especially during warmer months when your air conditioner is running often to keep you comfortable. Our Carrier technicians are sharing their top tips to help you save on energy costs (this spring and beyond):
- Invest in a programmable thermostat to tailor your cooling schedule to your needs and help trim your energy bills. You can set the temperature to rise while you’re asleep or away from home and then cool back down before you even step inside. This means your system will run less and consume less energy to ensure you’re saving as much as possible.
- Upgrade your older, inefficient A/C for a new, energy-saving unit. During the summer months, roughly half of the average home’s energy bill accounts for cooling costs—and the more inefficient your air conditioner is, the higher your bills will be. If your system is breaking down regularly or not cooling like it should be, schedule an inspection with our experts.
- Utilize your ceiling fan to keep you even cooler—adjust your ceiling fan to rotate counter clockwise at higher speeds when temperatures start to rise. This keeps air moving to help you stay comfortable.
- Install weather stripping around windows and doors with gaps. Weather stripping helps prevent your cooled, conditioned air from leaking outside and warm, stagnant air from leaking in. You should also have an experienced technician inspect and seal any leaky ductwork you have to eliminate wasted energy.
- Keep the area around your A/C open—clear bushes, leaves, and other debris at least two feet around your system to promote efficient airflow and remember to change your air filter regularly so present contaminants are removed from circulation.
Extra Tips From Our Experienced Team
Looking for more ways to save on your energy bills? Consider these options:
- Replace your current light bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs.
- Use your microwave instead of your oven when you can—it requires less energy.
- Wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot.
- Consider using smart surge protector powerstrips—they automatically turn off when your appliances aren’t in use to help you cut down on lost energy.
Saving money here and there on energy bills can really add up. To learn more, read our blog on ways to stay cool and save when summer temps reach their hottest.