Three Simple Ways To Keep Your Air Conditioning Bills Down

Posted on: 28 January 2015

Do you experience sticker shock every time your air conditioning bill comes in the mail? Turning the thermostat up will reduce your bills, but do you really want to sweat away the summer just to save a few bucks? With these budget-friendly tips, you can reduce your air conditioning bills without converting your home into a sweat lodge.

Plant more shrubs around your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner is in direct sunlight, it is probably having to work harder than necessary to keep your home cool. Surrounding it with a few shrubs will block the sunlight and lower your air conditioning bills.

If you don't have money to purchase new shrubs at your local nursery, consider asking your neighbors whether they have any shrubs in their gardens that they no longer want. If you're careful, you can dig up and transplant most small shrubs rather easily. Another alternative is planting tall flowers, such as sunflowers, around the air conditioner. A packet of sunflower seeds only costs a couple of dollars, and sunflower seedlings are only slightly more expensive.

Use blackout curtains.

Blackout curtains are designed to keep the sunlight out of your room so you can sleep, but they also serve another purpose. They keep the heat of the sunlight out of your home! Blackout curtains can be expensive.  If the cost intimidates you, visit your local craft store and purchase a few big sheets of blackout material instead. Drape the material over your curtain rods for make-shift curtains. They may not be the prettiest, but they'll save you money.

Seal off rooms you don't use.

Are there rooms in your home that you barely use, such as a den or a spare bedroom? Turn the vents off to these rooms, and shut the doors so that your cold air does not go to waste on them. If there is an entire wing of your house that you barely use, shut off all of the vents in the rooms in that wing, and then use a tension rod to hang thick curtains across the hall that divides that wing from the rest of the home. Make sure the curtain reach from ceiling to floor. You can even use big winter blankets if you have some on hand.

When temperatures soar in the summer, it's lovely to have a cool, air-conditioned home to enjoy. Follow the tips above, and that cool retreat will cost you a lot less. For assistance, talk to a professional like Equipment Service Professionals.