24 Apr Energy Saving Tips
Energy Saving Tips
Here are some really basic energy saving tips and simple maintenance tips that will help save you money:
Keep filters clean and indoor and outdoor coils clean by servicing regularly. Have your system serviced annually or bi-annually if utilised more than 25 hours per week. Get a programmable thermostat and keep your home at 25 degrees C when you’re not home. Have your air ducts checked and sealed if leaking. Make sure there is adequate insulation in your roof void. Keep drapes or blinds closed and windows and doors sealed tight. Purchase a new high SEER (efficient) air conditioning system.
Keep the following in mind while operating your air conditioning system:
When operating in the cooling cycle, your air conditioner will run until the indoor temperature is lowered to the level you have selected. On extremely hot days, your air conditioner will run for longer periods at a time and have shorter “off” periods than on moderate days. The average recommended setting while you are at home is 22 degrees C for cooling, and 24 degrees for heating.
Adverse affects on the cost of running your air conditioning system:
There are many conditions that add extra heat and/or humidity to your home. Some of these are entrance doors frequently opened and closed. Laundry appliances in operation. A shower/s being utilised. More than the usual number of people present in the home. More than the usual number of lights in use, especially down lighters. Drapes or blinds kept open on the sunny side of the house.
There are many ways to cut costs and help your unit run more efficiently. Utilise ceiling fans where possible. Ceiling fans use about as much electricity as a light bulb. Using just a bit of common sense and allowing your body to adjust to slightly higher temperatures in your home (like 25 degrees instead of 22 degrees C!) can save you a lot of money on your electric bills. A lot of your “comfort levels” come from humidity control, rather than temperature control.