Energy efficiency is more important than ever, but sometimes it feels like an uphill battle. The steps you need to take to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills often seem like more trouble and expense than they're worth. However, there is one bad air conditioning habit most people have that drives up your energy bill. Simply by changing this habit, you can reduce your energy use every month. What is it? It's your thermostat management.
What Do Most People Do?
Most people set it and forget it when it comes to their thermostat, not just in the summer, but year-round. This bad habit can have the single biggest impact on your energy bills in the summer when you're running your air conditioning system. Your AC is running and keeping your house at the perfect temperature even when you're not there to appreciate it.
What Can You Do About It?
Setting and resetting your thermostat is often not effective for reducing energy use. You either over compensate or under compensate, and often you forget to set it.
Instead of worrying and scheduling and remembering, there's a better way: a programmable or smart thermostat. This can be one of the best investments you make when it comes to your energy efficiency. A programmable or smart thermostat can control the temperature for you, whether you're home or away, based on the preprogramming you choose based on your preferences. Some even have Wi-Fi connections so you can set and correct it when you're away from home via your smartphone or computer.
The best way to save money on your cooling this summer is by programming the temperature to only cool when you need it. For more information on smart thermostats and improving your energy efficiency, contact our team of experts at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.