Obviously if you have solar, the amount you pay for your electricity will be less. But even with solar, you will want to use the same amount of energy that your system offset is based on, otherwise, you will still have a remaining balance you have to pay to the utility. Here are some tips to help you beat the heat, and to keep you from paying more than you should.
Clean/Replace AC Filter
At least once every three months filtered should be cleaned or replaced. A dirty filter and help prevent good airflow and could lead to your unit’s evaporator coil freezing up, which could add 5 – 15% to your AC bill. Filters are generally less than $10.
Inch That Thermostat Up a Tad
For every degree you raise the temperature, you’ll trim your AC bill by up to 3%. The good news? Research shows the body can adapt to a new normal in just a week or two.
Get/Use a Fan
Any kind of fan will help, but a ceiling fan is the most helpful by circulating the cool air and removing some of the burden from your AC. Maximize airflow by double checking that your fan turns counterclockwise.
No Need to Cool an Empty Room
You’re chilling a lot of real estate if you have AC vents or units in rooms you’re not using. Shut closet doors everywhere, close vents in unoccupied rooms and if you’re away, keep window units off.
Be Strategic with Placement of Furniture/Curtains
Be careful not to block AC vents with furniture or curtains and be sure to close blinds and slide curtains to block as much of the sun as possible during the day to protect your space from the heat.
And if you don't have solar, and you're still paying too much or aren't comfortable with the temperature you feel you can afford, it's time to explore solar!