In Wisconsin, we wait all winter for the summer temperatures to arrive. However, once they do, we start to run our air conditioners more. This can become costly over the span of a few months, but you don’t need to feel a sense of dread each time you turn on your system. That’s because RJ Heating and Air Conditioning has some easy tips to help you lower your energy bill this summer–check them out below.
Set Your Thermostat Higher
By raising your thermostat just a few degrees higher than you normally would, you can cut cooling costs. Choose a temperature that makes you feel just cool enough, and add a degree or two from there. Chances are that you won’t notice such a slight increase in temperature–but you will notice a decrease in your energy bill.
Utilize Ceiling Fans
Turn on ceiling fans throughout your home instead of using your A/C. They use much less energy than an air conditioner. You can also try setting your thermostat temperature higher in conjunction with ceiling fan use to really make the most out of your energy usage without sacrificing your comfort.
Close Blinds and Curtains
When it’s sunny outside, close your blinds and curtains to reduce the heat the sun creates. Though you’ll be blocking sunny rays from making their way inside, your home will be cooler. Plus, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Reduce Appliance Use During the Day
Energy companies charge more for usage during the day, as those are considered “peak hours.” To save some money, run as many appliances as possible after 6 p.m–that way, you can take advantage of lower energy costs.
Install a Programmable or Wi-Fi Thermostat
By programming your thermostat in advance, you can keep your energy bills consistent and save up to $180 per year in cooling costs. Installing a Wi-Fi thermostat is another way to stay on top of energy costs. You can check your home’s temperature anytime on your smartphone or mobile device and make adjustments as necessary throughout the day.
Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance Annually
Annual air conditioner maintenance helps ensure your cooling system is running at maximum efficiency all summer long. Additionally, regular maintenance can reduce unexpected future repairs. Properly maintaining your cooling system also ensures it will provide your family with cool air for many summers to come.
We Can Help Lower Your Energy Bill
If you suspect your equipment needs a tuneup or replacement, or if you’d like more information on a Wi-Fi thermostat, contact RJ Heating for an estimate. We serve homes throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties. Call us at 414-463-1140, or schedule an appointment online.