It is officially July in Savannah, which means temperatures are at their peak. With temps reaching into the high 90’s each day, it is not uncommon to see your electricity bill spike. Electricity companies increase their rates during the summer months due to the high power demand, and in the Savannah heat, going without air conditioning is nearly impossible. Here are a few tips to keep your power bill down without leaving you uncomfortable!
1. Set your Air Conditioner for 78 Degrees
Setting your AC at 78 degrees is the ideal temperature to stay comfortable without breaking the bank. If 78 degrees sounds to warm for you, try using ceiling fans to held lower the temperature in your home and provide air circulation.
2. Properly Maintain your Air Conditioner
Property AC maintenance is key when saving money during the summer to ensure that your system is working efficiently. The more efficiently your system works, the less energy it takes to run, and the less money you spend. This starts with changing your air filters monthly, to ensure free air flow and to prolong the life of your air conditioner.
3. Use Shades and Blinds
Shades and blinds provide a barrier between the outdoor heat and inside your home, with no electricity usage needed! Another option is solar screens, which block out 90% of UV rays while still allowing you to see out of your window.
4. Seal Your Home
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 30% of energy usage through property insulation and air sealing. This means making sure there are no air leaks through doors and windows, and that bad insulation in your home is replaced.
5. Don’t Cool and Empty Home
If you aren’t home during the day, turn your air temperature up to a higher temperature (but not all the way off). This way, your air conditioner won’t be working hard to keep an empty house cool when you aren’t home, but it won’t have to kick into overdrive when you get home and turn the temperature back down.