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If there’s a recurring theme in 2020, it’s how to save money. You want the peace of mind with knowing that your family is taken care of and that you’re keeping your money where it belongs: in your bank account.
That said, summer is typically a time when electricity bills are at their yearly peak. With the heat and humidity we’ve come to expect in Alabama, air conditioners are working overtime. That means your bills will be high.
What many people don’t know, however, is that there are several things you can do to keep utility bills low and your power bill more affordable. Take a look at some of these tactics and see if they could work for your family.
Embrace Money-Saving Habits to Reduce Your Home’s Power Bill
Turn Up the Temperature on Your AC Unit
It may seem like a no-brainer, but many homeowners forget that you don’t need to run your air conditioning at optimum cooling temperature when the temperature outside falls below a specific temperature at night or in the morning, or if you go out of town. These are particular instances in which you’re wasting electricity.
Going out of town? An unseasonable cool snap comes through? Turn up the temperature on your air conditioning. When your power bill arrives that month, you’ll notice a big difference.
Switch To A Programmable Or Smart Thermostat
Did you know that there are Smart Thermostats you can control from your phone? These programmable thermostats can help you gauge the temperature and manage the overall use of electricity.
Going “Smart” might be an initial investment, but the savings quickly add up. It’s common for homeowners to find that these systems pay for themselves after a couple of summers. If your unit is older, think about switching to a new system to save you money in the long run.
Clean Your Filters And Air Conditioning Units
Seasonal climate changes often result in dust and debris entering ventilation systems and air conditioning units in the offseason. This results in your system working overtime during the summer months. On the outside of your home, debris (or even pests) can cause malfunction or worse.
Thorough cleaning and inspection will let you know if your system is working as it should.
Change Your Air Filters Seasonally
Along with a thorough cleaning, summer is the perfect time to change out your air filters. If you have family members with allergies, or if you have pets inside your home, you’ll need to change your filters more frequently than most. We recommend changing filters at least every three months, if not more often.
Dust, dander, pollen, and other particles can blow throughout your home if the filter is clogged. The filter can also affect airflow throughout your home and put more strain on your system.
Use Blinds And Shades To Block The Sun
Everyone loves a great view, but keeping curtains open and shades up during the daytime can cause your home to quickly heat up. Lower the shades or use curtains to better insulate your home in the summer and lower air conditioning costs.
Ensuring there are window coverings on your windows helps reduce heat gain in those hot summer months and will ultimately save you money.
Cut Costs And Save Your Family Money While Keeping Your Cool
Summer is a perfect time to try these ideas to see if they help you save money on your electricity bill.
Want to know a few other ways you can save? Check out our Dixie Cares Plan, or visit our site regularly for coupons, deals, and promotions to help take your dollar further.
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