Tips for Saving Money on Your Electric Bill during the Summer

Posted on: May 19, 2014

How can you save money on your electric bill during the summer without sacrificing comfort? The experts at Dowd’s Mechanical, Heating & Air Conditioning are here with the answers! There are many ways you can limit your air conditioner’s energy usage during the hottest months of the year—keep reading to learn more!

1. Raise the temperature

The first, and most obvious step, to saving money on your electric bill during the summer is to raise the temperature on your thermostat. We recommend going no lower than 72 degrees—but for every degree you can go higher than that, you’ll save even more money! It’s also important to remember that your fan should be set to AUTO, not ON.

2. Get a programmable thermostat

We honestly can’t stress enough how much a programmable thermostat can help you save on your home’s electric bill during the summer. You can create temperature settings throughout the day that will help manage your energy use.

For instance, you can schedule the thermostat temperature to raise to 80 degrees at 9 a.m. after everyone’s left work work—meaning that your AC won’t kick on and use energy unless the indoor temperature reaches 80 degrees. There’s no point cooling your home if no one is home! And don’t worry—you can set your programmable thermostat to lower the temperature again before you come home.

3. Close the curtains

Another great way to save money on your electric bill during the summer is to close the curtains during the day. This blocks the sun from being able to warm up your house and make more work for your air conditioner.

4. Schedule air conditioning maintenance

The best way to ensure your system is going to be performing in peak condition is to schedule air conditioning maintenance at the start of the summer. This gives our trained technicians the chance to check out your system and look for any potential issues before they can become major problems down the road. During our inspection, we’ll also tune up your system and replace the filter so it’s operating at peak efficiency.

5. Use weatherstripping

Weatherstripping your windows and doors can have a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency and can help lower your electric bills. It isn’t very expensive (you can get it at your local hardware or home improve store), and it’s pretty simple to install. This one easy task can help keep the hot air out and the cold air in—just where it should be.

Let Us Help You Lower Your Electric Bill

If you want to save money on your electric bill during the summer, let the experts at Dowd’s Mechanical, Heating & Air Conditioning help! We can come out to your home in Philadelphia, Bensalem, Yardley, or the surrounding Pennsylvania area and inspect your AC to ensure you’re getting the best performance you can.

Contact us online or by phone at 215-752-3638 to schedule an appointment!