Run an average three ton central air conditioning unit for 8 hours daily, fifteen days a month, average rate 0.17 kilowatt per hour and the cost will be $97.92 per month. Now, I am sure you will agree this seems quite a lot of money, and this figure doesn’t include running the refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer or lights.
However, run a ceiling fan or an oscillating fan on medium speed, eight hours a day for thirty days in total at an average rate of 0.035 per kilowatt hour and it will cost a mere $1.43. Study these figures carefully and notice you could run sixty eight fans for a whole month before you reach the charge of running a central air con system.
There are numerous ways to reduce household energy bills, and inspecting, cleaning or replacing the air con filters is one method of lowering power bills.
If you are out of the home all day you should raise the temperature on the thermostat, making sure your pets remain warm. Reduce the temperature on the water heater to 120 degrees and dry and wash full loads of clothes using the energy saving cycle.
Other valuable energy saving tips include, caulking windows and doors, replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent lights, caulking piping to prevent air leaks and weather stripping pipes, doors and windows.
Ask a qualified HVAC engineer to test the ducts for leaks, as leaky ducts reduce home energy efficiency by as much as twenty percent.