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How to Save Money on Air Conditioning

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

So check out these tips for saving some cash this summer.

Use ceiling fans.

You can use a ceiling fan to cool your home in the summer. Ceiling fans can help you save money on air conditioning and are much more efficient than air conditioning units. Also, ceiling fans make it easier for you to sleep because they keep the airflow moving around your bedroom, which makes it easier for you to breathe.

Put a bowl of ice in front of the fan.

If you have an electric fan and want to save money on your energy bill, there's an easy trick that will help out. Put a bowl of ice in front of the fan. The ice will cool the air before it hits the fan so that it can circulate through your room faster and use less power. You'll also notice that your air conditioner runs quieter and more efficiently with this simple hack!

Turn off and unplug electronics you are not using.

A great way to save money on your energy bill is to turn off and unplug electronics when they're not in use. This means turning off the television, computer, game console and other devices when you walk away from them. You can also unplug these devices if you know that you won't be using them for a while (such as overnight).

The reason this helps save money on an energy bill is because it reduces how much electricity needs to be used by these electronic devices when they are turned off or unplugged. If an electronic device has been left plugged in with power running through it (even if it's not turned on), then that electricity still has to go somewhere -- even if there are no lights or screens lit on the device itself! This wasted electricity adds up over time and can cost quite a bit of money if left unchecked throughout each month of billing cycles for electricity usage.

Shut doors leading to unused rooms.

Shutting doors leading to unused rooms can help keep air conditioning costs down. If you don't need to use a room, keep its door closed. This will allow the cool air from your AC unit to be directed in the direction that it's most needed: toward your main living areas.

Keep in mind that you should never leave a door open when it could cause damage—such as allowing cold air into a basement or garage, which could lead to water damage and mold growth. However, if you live in an older home with poor insulation or single-pane windows (and your landlord won't replace them), opening a window may be necessary for ventilation during warm weather months. It's also important not to let any pets get stuck inside while they're trying to escape; this can happen easily if someone forgets about them until later on!

Close blinds and curtains.

  • Shut your blinds and curtains.
  • When the sun is out, it can cause an extreme amount of heat to build up inside your home. Closing your blinds and curtains will block out most of this light, keeping things cool and dark in the house. And if you have double-paned windows that insulate well, they'll keep the cold air from escaping out through them!
  • You can also dress up a little bit by doing things like hanging up some artwork or posters on the walls (or even a ceiling). This creates a very low-cost way to add color and style to your home without having to buy anything new.

Buy a programmable thermostat.

One of the most effective ways to save money on your air conditioning bill is by installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature in your home, as well as when the air conditioning turns on and off. You can also set it so that the AC will only run while you are away from home or sleeping at night.

One of these devices can pay for itself in less than a year, based on its ability to help lower energy use by 10%. If you live in an area where electricity costs more than $0.10 per kWh (kilowatt hour), then it may help reduce your monthly electric bill by hundreds or even thousands of dollars over time!

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Replace or clean your air conditioner's filter.

  • If you don't know how to clean the filter, check your owner's manual and/or call a professional.
  • If you don't have a filter, buy one at your local hardware store (a foam or fabric filter is best).
  • Change the filter when it is dirty or every 3 months if you can see dust on it after cleaning. Don't wait until it's completely clogged up before changing it!
  • Clean the filter by vacuuming off any loose debris using an upholstery attachment and then washing with water (no soap) every 2-3 months as needed.

Cook on the grill or use the microwave.

Cooking on the grill is a great way to save money, because you don't have to use as much energy or electricity. You can also cook foods that are healthier than frying them in oil or butter. The best part about grilling is that you can use almost any type of food—from vegetables to meat. And since you're outdoors and don't have any pots or pans around, it's easier than ever before!

Keep your vents clear to avoid clogs.

  • Vacuum your vents. The most basic way to keep your vents clear is simply to vacuum them out. It's a good idea to do this every few months, or whenever you notice that the air coming out of them seems dusty or dirty. Be sure you're using an attachment that can fit into the small space and get into all the nooks and crannies of your furnace or ductwork—a crevice tool should do the trick! You'll also want to make sure there isn't any debris blocking where it's supposed to go, so clean around some fixtures with a wet sponge first if necessary. (Bonus: This will also help keep any dust from getting onto surfaces in other rooms.)
  • Remove obstructions with tools like screwdrivers (for metal pieces) and shop vacs (for large clumps). If these don't work, try using hand-held blow dryers—but be careful not too apply too much heat because this could damage whatever material may be causing clogs! Finally if none of these options fix things up then try using toothbrushes; they're small enough so as not disturb anything else but still sturdy enough at grabbing hold onto stubborn bits without breaking off ends like brushes might do while sweeping away dirt buildup inside those cramped spaces in between pipes/ducts etcetera...

Check for leaks around windows and doors.

Check for leaks around windows and doors.

There are several places where air can leak into your home, or out of it: gaps in the frame, cracks in the frame and gaps around the window itself. If you find any of these problems, fix them before turning on your AC unit (or just keep your windows closed).

There are many ways to save money during the hot summer months!

There are many ways to save money during the hot summer months!

  • Use ceiling fans. These are a great way to keep cool and save energy. They will circulate air in your home, making it feel cooler without using extra electricity.
  • Put a bowl of ice in front of the fan. This will help create a breeze without having to turn on your air conditioning unit or wasting any energy at all! You can use this trick throughout the year, even if you don't need it for cooling purposes!
  • Turn off and unplug electronics you are not using. If you're away from home for an extended period of time and won't be using certain appliances or electronics (such as televisions), turn them off and unplug them so they aren't still drawing electricity even when not being used—this can cost up to $100 per year!


Now that you know how to save money on air conditioning, we hope you will try some of these tips! We’re sure that there are even more methods out there that we weren’t able to mention in this post. If you have any other ideas or suggestions for saving money during the warm weather months, feel free leave them in the comments below.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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