Want to save money this summer on electrical bills? You’re not alone. With recent energy price increases, such as those affecting Xcel Energy customers, many Colorado residents are looking for ways to reduce their power bills.
To help ease the burden of sky-high utility bills this summer, we’re sharing our top 5 tips for reducing your energy consumption:
- Schedule AC maintenance
- Adjust your thermostat settings
- Consider a smart thermostat
- Use ceiling fans effectively
- Get your air ducts sealed
Curious how you can save money on electrical bills year-round? Check out our blog on how to save money on electricity bills in the winter.
Want to schedule AC maintenance? Contact Cooper Heating & Cooling for a 17-point tune-up. Our highly-trained technicians will maximize your AC’s energy efficiency, regardless of brand, type, age, or condition! Best of all, tune-ups take just 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete, so you won’t have to wait around all day to start saving money.
Schedule AC Maintenance
According to energy.gov, heating and cooling account for most of a homeowner’s annual energy bills. Since you’re bound to run the AC this summer, ensuring it operates efficiently should be a top priority. That way, it draws less power, and you’re charged less from your power company.
To get the most energy savings possible, we recommend scheduling AC maintenance before the start of summer. During your visit, an HVAC technician will inspect for worn or damaged parts that may be causing your air conditioner to run longer and work harder to cool your air.
They’ll also check to see if your air filters need changing. Not just because air filters keep your air clean, but because air filters (and the flow of air) are crucial to your AC’s operation. In fact, by changing air filters regularly, you can save 5-15% of your energy consumption.
If saving a minimum of 5-15% on your energy bills sounds good to you, schedule an AC tune-up with the Cooper Green Team today. Our highly-trained technicians will keep your air conditioning system in tip-top shape. You’ll see lower electricity bills and keep your equipment lasting longer too!
Adjust Your Thermostat Settings
Did you know that certain thermostat settings can reduce your electricity bills?
According to Energy Saver, “You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.” Considering that many Coloradans pay up to $300-$400 per month for electricity, that’s no small chunk of change!
Even if you love a nicely cooled home in summer, there are times when you won’t even notice a temperature change. For example, when you’re away at work or running errands, why pay for cool air that no one enjoys? Instead, turn up your thermostat by 7-10 degrees and see instant savings. You can always turn it back down when you get home.
Consider a Smart Thermostat
If constantly adjusting the thermostat is something you don’t want to deal with, consider installing a smart thermostat. Not only will it save you the hassle of remembering, but it will also learn your routines and habits and automatically adjust the temperature to save you money on energy bills. All without sacrificing comfort!
So, how does a smart thermostat do this? Harnessing “geofencing technology,” it can detect whether you’re at home or away. Then it will adjust your thermostat settings up or down, depending on your location.
Furthermore, smart thermostats can optimize your settings based on time of use rates from your local utility provider and outdoor temperature readings. Depending on the model you install, you may receive notifications on your smartphone with real-time tips for saving energy.
If you’re looking to save money on electricity this summer, and every summer thereafter, a smart thermostat is a wise investment.
Use Ceiling Fans Effectively
If you want to run the AC less, use your ceiling fans as much as possible.
For example, in the morning and evening hours when the sun isn’t as strong, consider keeping the AC off entirely. Draw the shades and let your ceiling fans keep your home cool.
If you work outside the home, you can keep your thermostat settings higher than normal so that your air conditioner won’t run very often. But if you do work from home (as many of us do these days), the good news is that ceiling fans help to improve airflow. Keep them running, and they’ll assist your air conditioner in cooling your home.
Get Your Air Ducts Sealed
If you have a central AC system with ductwork installed, you might consider having your air ducts sealed. Why? Because leaky ducts can reduce your AC’s efficiency by up to 20% according to Energy Star.
Over time, air ducts can develop holes, tears, and cracks that allow conditioned air to escape to the attic, crawl spaces, and even the outdoors. This means you’ll be paying money to cool air that’s literally going out the door.
To remedy this problem, consider having your air ducts sealed by an HVAC professional. Although it is an investment, you’ll keep energy bills low, avoid costly repairs, and extend the lifespan of your entire HVAC system.
Save Money with an AC Tune-Up From the Cooper Green Team!
Since 1978, the Cooper Green Team has helped Colorado residents maximize their energy savings with high-efficiency HVAC installations and trusted maintenance. To keep your AC system running at peak efficiency all summer long, schedule an AC tune-up today. Our highly-trained technicians will thoroughly inspect, clean, lubricate, and test key components. That way, you draw less power when running your air conditioner and avoid breakdowns too!
For guaranteed satisfaction backed by hundreds of 5-star reviews, call today. AC tune-ups take just 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete, and we might even be able to offer a same-day visit!
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Luke Cooper is the General Manager of the Cooper Green team and son of Gary Cooper, owner and CEO of Cooper HVAC. After years in the field, Luke took his talents to management and has helped thousands of Colorado homeowners during hot summers and frigid winters. His decade of experience in the field and guiding the company makes him one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Colorado on HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other home services.