10. Insulate lofts and garages
Windows are just one place where the house leaks air. Lofts, walls, and garage spaces also leak air back and forth. Other than leaks, heat can transfer through the walls during summer. As the air escapes, your unit will have to work more to cool your home, increasing your air conditioner costs.
Using a professional to insulate your home is ideal to achieve energy efficiency. If the house is old, applying insulation to the existing structure can be a worthwhile investment.
By insulating the home, you prevent outdoor heat from getting inside. During the summer, this works as a great energy saver, as you keep your home cool through passive means rather than employing air conditioning or other such methods.
11. Use blinds, curtains, and shades
Air conditioning works harder in rooms that catch the sun and heat up like a greenhouse. A solution to block out the sun is installing light-coloured blinds. Even light-coloured curtains will help block out the sun.
The Department of Energy says that smart management of window coverings alone can decrease heat gain by up to 77%.
Using curtains, blinds, and other window shade treatments can help keep a building cool and reduce your air conditioning costs.
12. Install solar panels
Typically, solar panels are installed on home roofs and utilise the sun’s energy to power a home. In return, they lower the cost of running an HVAC unit.
The investment you need to pay for installing these panels depends on whether they are leased or bought as new. But either way, the panels are proven to reduce air conditioner costs.
Moreover, solar panels are one way that homeowners can remove the risk of becoming the next casualty of high electricity bills.
Solar energy is a powerful way to produce renewable energy to power your air conditioner and provide energy for the remainder of your household appliances. This solution comes at a fraction of the cost compared to getting power from an energy provider.
Furthermore, solar panel units will generate enough energy to save you thousands in electricity costs over 25 years.
13. Find lower ground
In a regular household, the upstairs section is warmer than the downstairs. By spending more time on the ground floor and structuring your living arrangement downstairs, you can prevent the use of air conditioning upstairs for a considerable amount of the day.
By simply focusing on one area of the house, you bring about a meaningful change in reducing your electrical bills caused by air conditioners.
14. Invest in more trees and plants
For an environmentally friendly way of saving energy and increasing natural scenic greenery, homeowners could plant more trees and plants, particularly on the south and west sides of the home.
Planting bushes and other foliage-based greenery in front of windows block the sunlight from entering the house in the first place and absorbs the heat, resulting in cooler indoor temperatures.
Likewise, planting trees on the sides of your house keep your home in the shade.