Beating the Heat. Smart Ways to Save on AC Costs During Sweltering Temps

If you’ve been feeling like this summer is scorching hot, you’re not alone. July has been one of the hottest month ever recorded, and with the heatwaves and sweltering temperatures, you might be tempted to crank up the air conditioner constantly. But beware, that could lead to a soaring electric bill when energy costs remain high. However, fret not! We’ve got some practical and relatable tips to help you keep your cool without breaking the bank.

  1. Plug Those Leaks

Older buildings might have sneaky cracks, poorly insulated attics, or doors and windows with worn-out seals that let precious cold air escape. An energy audit can help you identify and fix these issues, but if you don’t want to spend on a professional audit, you can do a simple one yourself. Just stand outside your facility and feel around the windows and doors for any cold air seeping out. If you find any, caulk around leaky windows and add insulation around doors to keep that precious cool air in.

  1. Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

Consider getting a smart thermostat, like Ecobee or Nest. These nifty devices can regulate your heating and cooling even when you’re away, saving you money. With remote control through your phone or voice commands, you can easily adjust the settings. Check out our list of the best smart thermostats to find the one that suits your needs.

  1. Mind Your Thermostat’s Placement

Where you put your thermostat matters! Placing it near a hot window can trick it into thinking the room is warmer than it actually is, causing your AC to work more than necessary. Choose a suitable wall for your thermostat and set the ideal temperature to keep your business comfortable.

  1. Keep the Blinds Closed

That sun coming in through the window can heat up both your thermostat and you! During the hottest part of the day, keep your blinds closed to block out the sun and insulate your windows to retain the cool air.

  1. Embrace the Ceiling Fan

You don’t always have to rely solely on the AC to stay cool. A ceiling fan can do wonders by making a room feel cooler. You can even go high-tech with a smart ceiling fan that adjusts based on your schedule. Just remember, in the summer, set the fan to rotate counterclockwise for the best cooling effect.

  1. Find Your Comfort Zone

To save on cooling costs, set your thermostat to the highest temperature you can comfortably handle. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to program higher temperatures when you’re away and cool down just before you return. Even a small change, like increasing the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day, can save you significant money. Aim for an indoor temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit, or adjust it to your preference.

By following these relatable and practical tips, you can keep cool during heatwaves without feeling the pinch in your wallet. So, go ahead and enjoy the summer while staying smart and savvy with your air conditioner! And if you’re interested in more energy-saving ideas, check out our business sustainability cheat sheet and learn how to save money by unplugging appliances when they’re not in use.