Have you noticed that your air conditioner seems to be working harder these days? Though we don’t suffer the high humidity of the southern states, anything above 32% can certainly affect our comfort level.
Instead of blasting the air conditioner (and blowing your electricity bills through the roof), here are some tips to help you beat the heat:
- Use ceiling fans or oscillating fans. They help evaporate moisture from your skin, making you feel cooler. You should turn fans off in rooms that are not in use.
- In addition to raising your thermostat to 78 degrees, make sure your air conditioner is well maintained and functioning efficiently. That means replacing filters on schedule and having it checked periodically.
- Take shorter showers to save on water heating costs (and to save water). Even if your water is heated by gas, that’s still a good idea.
- Run large appliances such as the washer, dryer and dishwasher after 8 p.m. or early in the morning. Running these appliances at cooler hours saves the air conditioning from working as hard.
- A lot of energy is used to heat up the dryer. If you dry loads concurrently, one right after the other, you save the energy needed to start heating the dryer for the subsequent loads.
- Plant shade trees. You may not see immediate energy benefits, but in a few years, you’ll be glad you did. You can purchase up to three 5-gallon shade trees from Trico for $15 each. Trees for 2021 are sold out. Trees will be available again for purchase in January 2022.