Hot Australian summer’s see most home owners cranking up the air conditioning to get some relief. Unfortunately, decreasing that thermostat will almost definitely result in an increase to your electricity bill. And with more people working from home than ever before, the air conditioner is more active throughout those long summer days.
Here are our five tips to help conserve energy and save a few dollars along the way.
1. Change Air Filters Regularly
When air filters get clogged up with dirt, dust, and other pollutants, it forms a barrier between the air conditioner and the room it is trying to cool down. This leads to the air conditioner having to work harder than it should. Changing filters regularly can prevent this from happening and take the strain off of the air conditioning unit.
2. Plant Strategically
Trees and shrubs can help shade homes and reduce the amount of light that filters in. It’s an eco-friendly way to control the summer heat while also reducing your carbon footprint. Placing native plants around areas of the home that get hit hardest by the sun can protect for years to come. However, homeowners that currently have or are contemplating a solar system shouldn’t plant trees too close to the roofline or in areas that could block solar panels from collecting full sunlight.
3. Adjust Ceiling Fans
Both ceiling fans and standing fans can help a home cool down, allowing the air conditioning unit to keep its set temperature without too much work. Ceiling fans can be adjusted seasonally to maximize their output. During the summer months, fans should be set to rotate counter clockwise at a high speed which will push air downward, instead of towards the ceiling, to fill the room with cool air. Just remember ceiling fans cool people, not rooms; turn it off if the room is empty.
4. Reduce Appliance Usage During Peak Hours
We have many appliances in our home that generate a lot of heat including the stove, dishwasher, and dryer. While it may take some planning, changing your usage patterns during the hottest time of the day can make a big impact. You could try alternatives like washing dishes by hand or using recyclable plates and utensils, barbecuing outside, and air-drying laundry.
5. Consider Solar Power
Because solar power is generated from the sun, it’s no surprise that summer is the perfect time for a solar system to shine. A home that produces its own energy can stay cool all season long without hiked electricity bills.
Solar My Home can help you with the perfect rooftop solar system to start generating your own free energy. Call today for an obligation free quote – (08) 6209 7709, or email firstname.lastname@example.org