With the spring already in full swing, the summer season is not too far away and now may be the best time to get your home ready for the hot and humid days ahead.
But it goes without saying that this is the time of the year that witnesses the most spikes in your electricity bills due to the excessive use of air-conditioning to keep yourself and your home cool.
As licensed electricians in Geelong, here are a few tips to cut the sweat from the equation and enjoy this season without burning a hole in your pocket.
1. Don’t set the air-conditioner at a very low temperature
Yes, it may be very hot outside but you don’t have to set the temperature too low to stay cool. Setting the temperature at 25 degrees Celsius can give the right balance of comfort level while keeping your air-conditioning costs to its minimum.
This is because with every degree lower you go, you could be adding 10 percent more to your power bills. Additionally, set your air-conditioner to turn off when not in use, to avoid wastage and unnecessary bills on cooling you never got to enjoy.
2. Make fan your best friend
Air-conditioning can be expensive, especially when you are using it during peak hours. So why not use fans instead.
Ceiling or pedestal fans use less than 10 percent of energy of what an air-conditioner consumes, so either pair the fan with ac set on low temperature or use only the fan, which will keep the room cool long after the ac has been turned off.
3. Don’t let the sun or outside air come in
Blinds and curtains drawn during the day can block the sunlight from entering the house and getting trapped inside raising the internal temperature of the house.
A good idea is to shade the windows from the outside, rather than the inside to stop the rays from striking the windows in the first place. Also make sure the house is properly insulated and no cooling is escaping through the key holes, space under the doors or from open windows.
At night, open the windows on both sides to facilitate cross ventilation.
4. Switch to LED lighting
Halogen light bulbs emit heat so much that you can actually feel it. In comparison, LED lights not just consume less energy to light up your space but they are a whole lot cooler than their predecessors, keeping your home cool on a budget.
5. Get you appliances serviced regularly
Your air-conditioner, your fridge or electric hot water heater are some of the main culprits behind your sky-rocketing bills. When not in their optimal condition, they take more energy to keep up with the output demanded hence resulting in higher bills. Getting them serviced regularly is the key.
Taking these few simple steps can help keep your electricity bills from going through the roof this summer. As licensed electricians in Geelong, we can help you with LED lights installation and air-conditioner and fan installation to help you keep cool and your bills low this season.
Call us today for an obligation-free quote.