Electricity is of particular concern as everyone needs to consume energy on a daily basis and the costs can add up to a small fortune if left unchecked. There are plenty of ways to slash the monthly consumption such as the purchase of efficient appliances and their sensible use once installed.
Air conditioners are responsible for much of the energy utilization so they should be the primary focus of any savings plan.
Households can save energy with air conditioner units by following a few simple tips. One of them is to set the thermostat to a level that is slightly higher than intended. Experts encourage people to place the settings about a degree more than what is assumed to be the need.
This can even be increased to two degrees if found to be comfortable. The trick is to stay as close to the outside temperature while maintaining a relaxing environment inside the home. This lessens the load on the units.
The installation of ceiling fans is another brilliant idea. These can be bought at a low price so the initial outlay will not be hard on the budget. Setting them up should be a breeze for most people as they require common tools and usually come with step-by-step instructions.
The great thing about fans is that they improve air circulation inside a room which makes it feel cooler than the actual temperature — all while consuming a fraction of the energy used up by air conditioners. If the two appliances are made to work together, the residents will immediately feel the difference both in increased comfort and decreased electricity bills.
The last suggestion is to use a timer to limit the duration that the AC is switched on. Some units have built-in timers while others require a third-party installation. These must be connected to the thermostat so that they can control the temperature and other settings through a user interface.
Programmable timers can be used to ensure that the units are turned off during times when there is no one in the house such as typical working hours on weekdays.
This ensures that energy is not wasted and consumption is low. ACs can also be programmed to turn on a few minutes prior to the arrival from work so that rooms are already cool by the time the door is opened.