Most people are unaware of this fact but thermostat placement plays an integral role in performance of your air-conditioner. If you place it right next to a hot window, the air conditioner would assume that the room is much hotter than it is in reality. This would make the air conditioner use more energy.
Make a habit of using fans. When you do so, you will see that the room will become six to seven degrees cooler through the wind-chill effect. A fan doesn’t only help in cooling the room; it makes the temperature a lot more comfortable. And when you use an air conditioner along with a ceiling fan, it helps in spreading the cooled air efficiently and even increased the thermostat by as much as four degrees.
Whenever you see that the temperature outside the home increases, try to cut down activities that generate heat such as using the clothes dryer, dishwasher, and cooking on stove. In such days, grill food or eat the ones you can easily prepare in the microwave. Wash the dishes by hand and let them air dry.
Instead of using so much electricity on the dryer, hang clothes on the clothesline. It is better if you save the activities until after dark as the temperatures have dropped considerably by then. Of course, one needs to bathe to cool off. So, always use the exhaust phone of the bathroom so that it throws the excess humidity and heat out of the house and spot-ventilate the bathroom. Stereos, TVs, and even computers also generate a lot of heat so; simply avoiding them could keep you from making the AC work overtime.
No matter what you use, your home will not gain heat if you keep them drawn. When you keep your highly-reflective blinds completely closed and lowered on a window that gains a lot of sunlight, you can lessen the heat gain by 45% at least.
Also, it is wise to use light-colored curtains or blinds. The lighter the color, the more they can successfully deflect the sun’s hot rays. See that you hang the shades as close to the windowpanes as you can so they can block the heat from coming inside.
Even a small change in the temperature could save you a lot of money. Always set your thermostat at the highest temperature you can bear. This way you can save a lot on your electricity bill.
By setting your thermostat just 10 to 15 degrees higher for 8 hours every day, you can save 10% a year on your cooling bills. When you are at home, aim for an indoor temperature of 78 degrees F.