Don’t let air conditioning break the bank this summer

by Tom Simplot

May 31, 2015

Summer is almost here and triple digits are likely to stay for the next 100 days. Depending on your comfort level, air-conditioning bills can be as much as 50 percent higher in the summer, and this can be a major hit on our budgets.

If your lease includes utilities, summer is still a great time to decrease your impact on the environment. Here are a couple simple tips that can save you money on your air-conditioning bill:

Change your air filter on your AC if you can. Your owner/manager would be happy to assist and will be very grateful if you take the initiative on changing your air filter. A dirty air filter makes your AC unit much less efficient and ends up costing you money.

Work with your utility company to find the right plan for your lifestyle. Are you away from home most of the day? Reset your utility account to take advantage of off-peak hours plans most companies offer. Perhaps equalizer plans where your bill is averaged out from recent months would be better.

Turn up the AC during the day while you are away. For every degree warmer you set your thermostat, you will save 2-3 percent on cooling costs according to APS.

Consider installing an electronic thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day and evening. An electronic thermostat can help you manage temperatures so it’s a bit cooler when you arrive home, a few degrees lower at night and then warmer in the day.

Turn on the overhead fan to keep air moving. Even in a warmer room, this additional breeze will help you feel cooler.

Close shades during the day. Direct sunlight will heat your home.