Low-cost tips to reduce your energy consumption
In the heat of the summer, it’s easy to underestimate how much energy your air conditioning unit consumes. Here are a few useful tips on how you can increase your air conditioner’s efficiency.
You can also get more tips to reduce your energy consumption at MTEMC.com/EnergyEfficiency.
Start with where you set your thermostat.
We recommend setting your thermostat to 75 degrees during summer to stay comfortable and save money. This allows you stay cool while reducing your energy use.
Avoid placement of appliances near your thermostat.
The thermostat senses heat from items like lamps and televisions. This can cause the A/C unit to run longer than necessary and waste energy.
Make sure you close your blinds.
Hot sunshine can stream in through windows, heating up your home. It’s a good idea to close your window blinds during the warmest part of the day to reduce the impact of solar heating.
Keep air conditioner filters clean.
Disposable filters should be checked regularly and replaced as needed. Letting your filter go too long can cause higher cooling costs because your unit is working harder. Don’t forget that increased activity in the home, the presence of furry pets and home air leaks can shorten the life of the filter.