As the temperature exceeds the triple digits this summer, our electric bills are spiraling unward with the heat index.
Except for a hardy few, going without air conditioning is probably not a practical cost-cutting measure. Still, there are ways to save energy and cut your electric bill.
• If you don’t have central air conditioning, consider a new window unit. These have improved considerably in recent decades, and a modern window unit uses half the electricity of one from the 1970s, according to the U.S. Department of Energy website. Look for a unit that is Energy Star-rated and has an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 10 or higher.
• Keep your thermostat at 78 or above in summer.
• Use ceiling fans to stay cooler, but turn the fans off when you leave the room. The fans don’t cool the room, just the inhabitants.
• Seal air leaks around windows, doors and vents.
• Change your air conditioning filter every month.
• Don’t run your pool pump more than six hours a day in summer and four hours a day in winter.
Have you heard these tips before? Of course. But when was the last time you changed your air conditioning filter? Confess. This may be the summer to get serious.