5 Ways to Save on Electricity Without Turning Off the AC
Where there’s a will, there’s a way
When temps hit the 90s, you’ve got two options: Sit on your couch in a pool of sweat until September or crank the icy cold AC and pay a fortune. Good news: You don’t have to pay a fortune. Just follow these genius steps.
KEEP THE AC ON, BUT INCREASE THE TEMPERATURE A FEW DEGREES
We get it: You love falling asleep with your AC set to 60 degrees. But the lower you go, the more energy you use. (In fact, for every degree below 78, you’re increasing your energy use by 3 to 4 percent, according to Mr. Electric.) Try boosting the temp a bit and see how you feel. Or, if your unit has an “energy save” mode, use it. (It’ll automatically go off when the room reaches your desired temp.)
CLEAN THE FILTERS
If your filter is covered in dust and sludge, it will prevent your AC from operating efficiently (aka it will have to work twice as hard to cool the room). Clean it once a month with a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid. That’s it.
SEAL THE DOORS AND WINDOWS
You’d be surprised how much you’re paying to cool the outdoors simply because you have a teeny tiny crack at the base of your front door. You don’t have to pay a repairman a zillion dollars to make the fix--pick up some cheapo draft stoppers from Amazon and voilà. Problem solved.
KEEP THE OVEN OFF
Stop counteracting the cool air by cooking up a storm. Instead, give yourself--and your electric bill--a break by sticking to as many no-cook meals as you can. At least until temperatures drop enough to open the windows and let in a nice cross-breeze.
AND STOP PUTTING HOT FOOD IN THE FRIDGE
Those hot burgers you want to save for later? If you pop 'em in the fridge while they’re still sizzling, it’ll cause the appliance to go into overdrive--and your energy bill to shoot way up. Instead, give the burgers (and other hot foods) a chance to come to room temperature first.