Lowering Your Electric Bill: Part 1 of 5

Posted on: 17 July 2017

Updated on: 15 August 2018

Summer’s here, and with it comes sun, heat, and of course, high electricity bills. But they don’t always have to be quite so high! Fig has come up with a 5 part series of practical tips to help lower your electric bill.

  1. 4 Ways to Save Electricity at Home
  2. Housekeeping Hacks to Lower Your Electric Bill
  3. 4 Cheaper Alternatives to Air Conditioning
  4. How to Use Your Window Cooling Unit Efficiently
  5. Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

You can save a surprising amount of money on your electric bill just by making some small adjustments in your day to day. Some of these tips might seem like common sense, but they can be really powerful money saving tools when used together!

1. Keep Doors and Windows Closed When The AC is Running

The biggest guzzler of the wonderful cool air that comes out of our air conditioners isn’t people’s body heat, electronics, or heat from the sun. Instead, it’s actually air exchange - the cold air inside of our homes escaping to the outside. Keep your windows and doors closed while the air conditioner is running, and you’ll prevent wasted $$ on electricity!

2. Raise your thermostat to the highest level you’re comfortable

Nationwide, most people run their air conditioning a little more than they really need. If you need to put on a sweater inside during the summer, you can probably guess that you’ve gone a little too far. But most people can still feel comfortable at temperatures up to 80 degrees. And every degree you raise the temperature on your thermostat, the less your air conditioner has to work. It can take some getting used to, but it’s worth a lot of saved money. Some estimates say that a 2-3 degree increase in your thermostat can save up to 10% of your electricity bill!

3. Let Natural Nighttime Temperatures Cool Down Your House

In most parts of the country, summertime temperatures at night are cool enough to be comfortable for most people, particularly if you live in the Northern or Western part. Even if you don’t, though, the day-night change in temperature makes it worth opening your windows and night and closing them early in the morning instead of running air conditioning.

4. Turn the AC Off When Nobody’s Home

As much as we all like coming back to a comfortably cool home after a long and sweltering commute, leaving your AC on while you’re away is very expensive. As it turns out, the majority of the work an air conditioner does isn’t to make up for sources of heat inside, but to make up for air escaping from windows and poorly insulated walls. If you’re not at home, the air conditioners will be working almost as hard as if you were - though you should always exercise common sense if any people or pets are staying behind during the day.

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