The most effective ways to reduce Air Conditioning bill this summer
Each and every summer, you probably try different tips and tricks to reduce your AC bills. In fact, everyone does! The good news is that, nowadays, there are many ways to lower your energy usage and carbon footprint. You just have to stay curious and motivated. Remember there is always a way. So reduce your Air Conditioning bills today!
Over our many years of experience, we keep hearing the same question: ‘What should I do to stay on top of my energy bills, no matter the season?’ While winter is quite kind to us, summer, on the other hand, doesn’t usually show any empathy to our thermometers. In fact, as we mentioned in our previous blog post, Australia spends $4.6 billion to keep cool. This is, basically, how much we rely on air conditioners.
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Today, we’re offering you further advice to help your AC run less and reduce your energy bill overall.
Install a PeakSmart air conditioner to reduce your energy usage and save money
How many of you heard about PeakSmart Program? And how many of you are actually using it? Just as a reminder, when choosing a PeakSmart AC, you help manage peak demand on the electricity network. And most of all, you may qualify for a benefit for up to $400, depending on the energy provider.
So be smart, reduce peak demands and go for PeakSmart!
Choose environmental friendly, energy rated windows for your home
Moreover, if you want to help your air conditioner be more efficient and keep the nice cool air inside, we recommend you to use high-performance windows. A better rating not only improves energy efficiency but it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment.
Using the Window Energy Rating Scheme, you will take home comfort to a whole new level.
On hot summer days, keep the window coverings down
Another simple, yet efficient tip we have for you is to use roller blinds or drapes to your advantage. By keeping them down throughout the day, whether you’re at home or at work, you reduce the seasonal heat exchange by almost half. That’s quite something, isn’t it?
Plus, light-coloured blinds have the ability to deflect sun heat and keep your house cooler throughout the day. Going back to basics may sometimes be a good idea after all.
Remember that air cons and fans can make a good team together
Air conditioners, ceiling fans or both of them? Despite the fact that ACs are highly superior to ceiling fans in terms of comfort, it wouldn’t hurt using them in tandem every once in a while. If done correctly, this strategy may save you money and energy.
Turn off the unnecessary heat sources!
During a heat wave, any appliance can potentially affect your thermal comfort, as well as your energy bill. Whether it’s a computer, a printer, a TV, a lamp, or a stove, they will make your air con work even harder to keep your home cool. So why not try to use your outdoor BBQ? Or turn off the lights each time you leave a room?
Stop cooling empty rooms; use a smart AC instead!
According to a recent survey, roughly a quarter of Australians admit to leaving their AC running when they’re not at home. To be more precise, this means $222 million spent on energy wastage in 2.4 million households around Australia.
Ensure several shady spots around your home and keep yourself cool naturally!
Finally, let’s not forget about using natural cooling solutions, too. Did you know that a well-shaded home can block up to 90% of the sun’s heat in warmer months? External shading from trees, bushes, awnings or shutters can be even more efficient than internal blinds and curtains.
Shady trees or wall vines can basically have several functionalities. They not only improve the quality of the air you breathe but they can also cool a home by up to 12 degrees. For best results, combine natural and artificial cooling options to maintain an optimal indoor temperature this summer. Be green, be smart!
While we can’t deny the need for air conditioning, we can still do our part to give it a small, well-deserved break from time to time. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to keep cool and reduce your AC bill this summer. All you have to do is find the ones that work best for you.
Until next time, don’t let the summer heat get to you!
Your friend and AC expert,