With summer quickly approaching on us, Australians will want remain cool while lowering their power bills by taking a few simple measures. Forecasters expect another long, hot summer, so it’s critical to find methods to stay cool. While running the air conditioner at full blast all summer can keep the house cool, it will cost you a lot when the energy bill arrives.
When the temperature and humidity rise, a residential air conditioner can keep you cool. But is there a method to avoid power bills from skyrocketing while also reducing energy waste and staying cool during the hot summer days? Yes there is! Installing window coverings or servicing cooling systems, utilizing a fan, or investing in some creative landscaping are just a few of the ways individuals may keep indoor temperatures down this summer. Draught-proofing, adequate installation in ceilings and walls, and purchasing the correct sized unit for the space you’re cooling are all key factors for lowering energy expenditures. Even setting your air conditioner to a higher temperature than usual during hot weather might help you save money on cooling.
Running your air conditioner does not have to be expensive. It’s about making sure it’s functioning effectively so it doesn’t have to work extra hard to keep the family comfortable. Below we have compiled some power and energy saving tip to help you save money on your power bill this summer.
Get the right size unit for your house
Before you buy an air conditioner, be sure it’s the most energy-efficient option for your home. If the unit is too large, you may be consuming more power than necessary since the unit may perform frequent brief cycles to attain the desired temperature. If it’s too tiny, it’ll have to work too hard to keep your room cool. Remember that the majority of models these days are inverter units. This implies that the air conditioner adapts its output to the desired room temperature. So, if you have a larger, more powerful air conditioner running in a well-insulated house, it will be fairly efficient and may be more efficient than a smaller one that costs less. If you have a poorly insulated house, a smaller unit will work harder and end up costing more to run than a larger unit in a more efficient house.
Installing the unit in the best possible location
Ensure that a professional has inspected your home and given the best advice possible for where the unit should be placed both inside and outdoors. It won’t make a significant difference in your operating costs, but it might have an impact.
With example, for a typical unit positioned high on a wall, you want to guarantee that it can blow lengthwise across a room without being obstructed, that it can reach all corners of the space, and that it can reduce the temperature. It’s also ideal if the exterior unit isn’t exposed to severe temperatures. You don’t want the unit to be too hot or too cold since it will have to work more, which will cost you more money.
Setting your air conditioner to the right temperature
Aim to set your unit approximately 8°C colder than the outdoor temperature for the maximum efficiency. So, if it’s a scorching 33°C outside and you’re seeking a cool breeze, consider settling for 25°C rather than running your room at 18°C. You’ll still be comfortable, and it’ll be less expensive. Maintaining this 8°C difference will help save wear and tear on the air conditioner’s engine.
In general, each degree cooler (or warmer in winter) adds roughly 10% to the cost of running your air conditioner.
Check for power consumption and energy star ratings
Examine the energy star rating of the air conditioning unit, as well as the running expenses. These will offer you the most accurate picture of which models are the most cost-effective to run.
Air conditioners are now required to have a Zoned Energy Rating Label (ZERL), which provides a seasonal efficiency rating for three climatic zones (hot, average, and cold) across Australia and New Zealand. This is more specific energy-saving information to assist you in selecting the best appliance for you.
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Turn unit off at night while sleeping
This money-saving trick is as obvious as day and night! Turn on your air conditioning throughout the day and turn it off at night. Because the nighttime air is naturally cooler, you may benefit from it by turning off the air conditioning and opening a window. You could even get a light wind to keep you cool.
If you notice a pleasant breeze, open windows or doors on all sides of your home to let it in.
Your body simply does not require your air conditioner to operate at the same temperature as it does during the day in order to sleep comfortably. So, if you switch off your air conditioner at night, you may enjoy some nocturnal energy savings and beautiful dreams.
Get as much shade as you can
Take as much advantage of shade as you can. Get it however you can, and it will help your home stay cooler. As a result, your air conditioning equipment will not have to work as hard, and your energy cost will be lower. Keep your blinds, curtains, drapes, and awnings drawn and closed. Keep that wonderful sunlight outside with Venetian blinds, roller blinds, plantation shutters, or lined curtains. Light-colored backings for blinds and drapes will also assist reflect sun heat for windows that face the sun. By shutting windows, blinds, shutters, or curtains, you can keep hot air and solar rays out, reducing the need for your air conditioner to operate constantly. Another tip is to plant trees, vines, or shrubs that can provide a defensive line of shade to the home and keep walls, roof, and windows in mind.
Close off rooms and shut-off unused devices
When it comes to using an air conditioner, closing the door seems like a no-brainer. However, be certain that all of your windows are tightly shut and that cold air does not escape the room. Pull the curtains closed so that the sun’s heat does not enter your room, increasing the strain on your air conditioner.
Consider cooking outside on the BBQ, or just have a delicious salad that requires no preparation at all? Your indoor stove and oven may considerably heat up your living area and raise your cooling expense.
Keep your air conditioning system well maintained
Another great way to save money on your air conditioning bill this summer is to keep your air conditioner serviced and well maintained for optimal performance. Ensure that your air conditioning equipment is serviced on a regular basis and that the filter is either replaced or cleaned. Any air conditioning machine that has a dirty filter has to work harder, which means more power and greater energy bills!