Did you know that over 40% of your electric bill goes to provide air conditioning in summer?
Two easy and practical things that you can do to save money and help your families health take less than five minutes and can save you 15%- 20% on your monthly electric bills.
First: change your air filter every 30 days. Even air filters that say they are good for 90 days start to lose efficiency and cost more in electricity after 30 days. Changing your filter helps keep dirt, and later mold from building up on your air handler coil. This helps save money and improve your families overall health.
Next: once a month when you change your filter, wash out your outside A/C unit. Taking just a water hose on low pressure and washing up into the louvers around the sides of your outside unit removes dirt, grass and particulate matter to allow maximum air flow through the coil. Like changing the air filter on your car, washing the outside unit allows the compressor, (the biggest use of energy in A/C) to provide more efficient cooling to occur and save energy and money. If your average summer electric bill is $200 a month this five minute monthly maintenance can save you up to $40.00 a month for 5 minutes worth of work, that’s a savings of $480.00 a year.
Don’t worry your outside unit is made to be rained on and shielded from getting water into electrical parts. Never use chemicals, soap, high pressure water or air, just low pressure water from your garden hose. Turn off the unit to keep water from spraying into the fan blades and always wash from the sides not the top. Follow these rule and you can’t go wrong and it doubles the life expectancy of your A/C equipment.
Third: change your incandescent light bulbs to compact florescent light bulbs. Here are three reasons why. First regular light bulbs get up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and make you’re A/C work much harder, second compact fluorescent use ¼ of the energy and reduce heat by 70%. Finally they last up to 7 times longer. Three great reasons to change your light bulbs.
Let me give you a personal example. Two years ago we changed 25 light bulbs in our home to compact fluorescent. In the first month we saved over $60.00 and they are all still working today. That’s $1440.00 of savings in two years by spending $50.00. That a lot of help in today’s tight economy.
Compact fluorescents cost have decreased dramatically in the last few years and now recycle programs are available at all major hardware stores. Also the amount of mercury in these bulbs is very, very small and unless broken, poses no danger to your family. If you do break one, wearing a painter’s face mask will keep you from inhaling any vapors. Just remember to recycle the bulbs at major hardware stores to keep our environment clean.
That’s being E3wise.- E3wise.com