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With summer around the corner, it’s one of the times of year where your electricity bill can sky rocket.
While we use our heaters, dryers and even hot water less, our cooling bills increase and for a country like Australia, there are a few things you can do to limit your electricity bill.
Be Smart With Your Air Con
Almost certainly the largest power guzzling appliance in a modern home during summer is the Air Conditioner. But there are ways you can limit the energy cost.
First is to regularly clean all parts of your air conditioning system, not just the filter inside your home. Make sure any part of the system, including the outside unit and any piping is regularly inspected and maintained to ensure your air conditioning system is operating at maximum efficiency.
All air conditioners will work more efficiently within a certain temperature range compared to the outside temperature. This varies from system to system, but a good temperature to keep your air conditioner no more than 7-8 degrees to the outside temperature. This means if the outside temperature is 32 degrees, you should limit your air conditioner to a temperature no less than 25 degrees. Using a setting below that range will cause your system to use more energy, increase your power bills and may even shorten the lifespan of your system.
If you are installing a new air conditioning system, choose a smart system connected to a thermostat. This will enable your system to accurately measure the temperature of you room and reduce or even stop cooling for a period of time, reducing your energy bill. Installing a cloud connected smart thermostat can even allow you to access your system remotely, allowing your system to cool down your home while you are on the way home from work.