Save money while staying cool in the summer

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – As we settle into the dog days of summer, the mercury will only continue to rise, but your utility bill doesn’t have to climb with it. If you’ve already installed your AC units and sealed the leaks with foam, there’s still some regular maintenance to be done.

Bruce Drewniany of Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Agawam told 22News, “When your filter gets dirty you’re minimizing the air flow through the air conditioner. Most units these days have a simple filter right in the front. You can wash it off in the kitchen sink, dry it off and put it back in there.”

Turn your air conditioners and fans off when you’re not in the room. When you return, avoid cranking your AC on the lowest setting; it can actually freeze. For every two degrees you add, you can save up to five percent on your bill. And don’t underestimate fans; if you use one along with your air conditioner, it’ll better circulate that cool air.

It can be nice to let some sunshine in to brighten up a room, but if you’re looking to save money on your utility bill close the curtain. If you have really light reflective shades it can reduce heat gain by more than 40%.

22News is working for you with other ways to beat the heat without breaking the bank:

  • Learn how to use your programmable thermostat. Set it to begin cooling your home maybe an hour before you’ll return.
  • Think about buying a new air conditioner. If your unit is ten years old, a newer model would save you 20-40%.
  • Make sure the unit is the appropriate size for the room you’re trying to cool. If you can install your AC in the shade of a tree or building it’ll use less energy.
  • Try to avoid using appliances that make your home warmer, like the stove or dryer
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