With summer well on its way to being an absolute scorcher, many Australians are getting ready to utilise their air conditioners full time to get through the intense heat and overwhelming humidity.
It’s no surprise then that many of us just write off our soaring electricity bills as a part of getting through the heat as smoothly as possible, but what if we don’t have to sacrifice huge electricity bills for comfort? Is it possible to lower your energy bill this summer and still live in comfort?
At IQ Shutters, we have some top tips for keeping your electricity bills down throughout summer.
Use Your Air Conditioner Timer
Sometimes the simple expedient of utilising the automatic timer on your air conditioner can go a long way towards helping reduce your electricity bill throughout summer.
Figure out when the hottest parts of the day are when you’re going to be home and set your air conditioner to automatically turn on throughout those periods. You can also set it to turn off at night while you are sleeping and don’t necessarily need it.
Clean Your Air Conditioner
A clean air conditioner is an efficient air conditioner. Make sure to regularly clean your AC so that it is working at its best with the least amount of energy needed to keep it going.
Dirty ACs are going to work harder to provide the same benefits while using more power.
Utilise Your Windows
Maximising airflow is a key way to help cool your home naturally while saving money on energy bills. Opening windows at cooler times of the day such as at night or early morning will let in cooler air and allow the hot air to escape your home.
Closing your windows when it starts to warm up will help to trap the cool air inside.
Insulate Your Home
This tip can seem like a big investment initially, but it is well worth it if you own your home. Insulation works to regulate the temperatures in your home by preventing hot air from entering and cool air from escaping.
If you’re renting your home, you can do some small things such as draught-proofing your doors and windows and installing blinds that will help keep the cool air in and hot air out.
Bonus: Fill Your Home with Greenery
As if we needed another reason to fill our homes with plants, it has been proven that having abundant plants and greenery inside and outside is a great way to help regulate the temperatures around your home.
Not only does it provide much-needed shade in your outside areas, but having plants around your windows can help to decrease temperatures inside as well.
Lowering your energy bill in summer doesn’t have to be hard. With some creativity and smart planning, you can get your home ready to stay nice and cool while keeping your electricity bill as low as possible.
If you’re in the market for some fantastic ways to help keep your home cool and your electricity bill down, we can help.