How to cut your electricity bills this Summer!

Are you worried about using your air conditioner too much?

Our last post confirmed that your air conditioner really isn’t as expensive to run as you may think, with the average cost being approx 60c per/hr for cooling.  However the tips below might make life a little easier, both in terms of comfort, and your back pocket.

  • Maintain consistent temperatures

The easiest way to reduce the impact of air conditioning on your electricity bill is to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the day. It might seem counter intuitive, but setting the temperature to warmer in summer, and colder in winter, can ensure that the air conditioner isn’t working too hard and hiking up your energy consumption. Generally, the best temperatures to go by are 24°C in summer and about 19°C in winter.

  • Throw some shade

It’s tempting to take advantage of both the cross breeze and your air conditioner at the same time, but this can wreak havoc on the effectiveness of your air conditioner, and in turn can drive up your power bill. To make the environment the most ideal for your air conditioner to thrive, close the curtains and doors, and turn off any lights not in use. This reduces heat absorption and makes it easier for your air conditioner to operate. In winter, using these practices can also allow you to trap in more heat.

  • Correct air conditioning maintenance

Ensuring your unit is properly maintained can help the air conditioner run better, and reduce your power bills. Ensure the filter is regularly cleaned or replaced – usually this means once a month. Also dust the vents and any exterior components. Similar to a car, keeping it well maintained could reduce the overall cost of running it.

  • Insulate your home

It may be obvious, but it’s so important to have adequate insulation of your home as it reduces how much work your air con needs to do to cool or heat an area. If you’re building new it’s easy to ensure your home is correctly insulated. Alternatively, if you’re renting or buying an existing property, it can pay to make sure the insulation is adequate.

How we can help!

Our long term vision and mission statement is still the same as it was when we started. We want to… “Provide energy efficient heating and cooling solutions that are environmentally friendly and cost effective in the long term”. By partnering with only the best manufacturers and employing over the top trade practices, you can rely on us to deliver an energy efficient air conditioning solution.

Please call us on 1300 222 747 or email info@acbrisbane.com.au for further advice or a new installation or servicing enquiry!