Beat the Summer Heat While Managing Energy Costs

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As summer temperatures continue to serge, the need for quality cooling becomes a top priority. However, with the scorching sun outside, cranking up the air conditioning can lead to higher energy bills. While you may not entirely escape increased energy costs, you can certainly manage them effectively. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your portable and HVAC air conditioning systems and other household appliances.

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Tips for Portable Air Conditioners

Whether you rely on a central HVAC system or a portable air conditioner, following these tips will help you keep cool without breaking the bank:

  • Set Reasonable Temperatures: Avoid turning your thermostat to its lowest setting. Extreme cold settings for the room size can add unnecessary moisture to the air. Instead, choose a comfortable temperature and adjust it when you leave the room or when cooler evening temperatures allow.
  • Optimal Placement: Ensure your portable AC unit is not exposed to direct sunlight. Placing it in a shaded area will make it work more efficiently.
  • Regular Maintenance: Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning and maintenance. Clean or replace filters as needed, and use a plastic scrub brush or vacuum's brush attachment to keep coils and vents free of dirt and debris.
  • Consider Portable Units: Consider using portable air conditioning units, which can be a more energy-efficient way to cool specific rooms without overtaxing your central AC system.

Tips for Reducing Heat Generated by Appliances

To further keep your energy consumption in check during hot weather, pay attention to how you use other appliances in your home:


  • Run your dishwasher during off-peak hours when electricity rates may be lower.
  • If your dishwasher has an air-dry option, use it.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it's fully loaded to maximize its efficiency.

Clothes Washer/Dryer:

  • Use cold water whenever possible to reduce energy consumption from heating water.
  • Run full loads in your washing machine and adjust water levels according to the size of your laundry.
  • Consider running your dryer during off-peak hours to save on electricity costs. Use lower heat settings, and clean the filter after each load to improve efficiency and reduce drying time.

Oven Top and Range:

  • Cook during cooler evening hours to avoid heating up your home during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Ensure your pots and pans match the burner size to minimize wasted heat.
  • Consider using induction cooking, which heats only the pan and its contents, saving energy and keeping your kitchen cooler.


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