5 Ways To Cut Back On Summer Utility Bills

2. Use Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats allow you to preset your air conditioner to operate at different temperatures throughout the day. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can your cooling costs by as much as five percent for each degree that the temperature setting is raised over an eight-hour period. Thermostat models equipped with PID controllers can collect data, analyze it and adjust operation to keep your home at your ideal temperature. Programmable thermostats enabled with Wi-Fi let you access controls from your computer, smart phone or tablet.

3. Optimize Air Conditioner Efficiency with Ceiling Fans

Although ceiling fans won’t actually lower the temperature in a room, they can make you feel around five degrees cooler, allowing you to raise the temperature setting on your thermostat with no loss of comfort. When your air conditioner extracts heat from the air, water vapor is pulled from the air as well. Because ceiling fans increase air circulation, they help return air to the equipment for dehumidification, keeping you feeling dryer as well as cooler.

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