father and son playing video gamesThe weather is starting to warm up, which means that when you use your air conditioner, your electricity costs are going to go up along with the temperature.

There are some ways that you can save on your electricity bill and still use your air conditioner to keep cool.

1. Use Your Programmable Thermostat

Perhaps one of the best and easiest ways to save money this summer is by actively using your programmable thermostat. It allows you to choose what temperature you want at any time during the day.

For example, program your air conditioner to turn on just before you get home from work. This will save energy when you aren’t home, and make sure that when you do arrive, the house will be a comfortable temperature. You get the most out of your air conditioner while using less and spending less.

Conservation Tip: Keep an eye on when and how much you use other household appliances and electronics as well. You could save even more money on electricity.

2. Keep the Filters Clean

Air conditioners have to work harder to cool you down when the air has to go through a clogged air filter. With a clean filter, your machine will use less energy and you will in turn breathe in cleaner air and pay less for it. It’s a win-win.

While there are some things you can do at home to maintain your air conditioner, consult a trained professional before making any changes or decisions.

3. Draw the Blinds When You Aren’t Home

This is a simple but effective tip to help cut down on home cooling costs during the summer. During the day when the sun is out and you’re at work, draw the blinds on all of your windows. This way the air in your home won’t heat up as much, meaning your air conditioner won’t have to work so hard to cool it back down.

4. Keep Your Furniture Away From the Vents

Saving money on air conditioning could be as simple as moving your furniture out of the way. Make sure your chairs and tables aren’t blocking any of the vents, keeping the cool air from reaching the rest of the room.

This small change can mean a difference in both the temperature and your bank account.

5. Provide Some Shade for Your Air Conditioner

The location of your outdoor unit can play a big role in saving you money on your electricity bill. If your machine is located in a place that gets baked by the sun everyday, it will take more energy to cool everything down.

Take a look at your outdoor space and what you can do to provide some cover for your air conditioner. This could include a tree or other outdoor objects placed a safe distance away. If you are unsure of what to do, consult a trained professional.

6. Regular Maintenance is a Must

Taking care of your air conditioner with a yearly maintenance appointment will catch any small issues before they become big ones. Tune ups will save you the hassle of dealing with a mid-summer air conditioner crisis, and ensure that your air conditioner is in top energy-saving shape, meaning more electricity savings for you.

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