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Feeling the Heat? Slash Your Energy Bills This Aussie Summer! 🌞🌑️

As the mercury soars and energy costs skyrocket, savvy Aussies are seeking ways to beat the heat without breaking the bank. With our sun-drenched summers averaging a sizzling 32 degrees Celsius, it’s no wonder that over 4.6 million Australian homes are equipped with air conditioners. But here’s the rub: keeping cool can come with a hefty price tag, as heating and cooling can gulp down up to half of our home energy budget. But the thing is, air conditioners don’t just keep us cool…they also clean the air in our home by removing harmful pollutants from the indoor space! So, how do we keep our cool both physically and financially whilst also keeping our homes safe? Let’s dive into some smart strategies to tame those soaring summer energy bills, ensuring your wallet stays as chill as your home!

Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bills!

By utilising the following ideas in your daily life, you can save your hard-earned money on utility bills, and also protect the environment:Β 

1.Choose Energy Star Rated Air Conditioners

The energy star rating not only helps you reduce your summer bill but also reduce greenhouse emissions. An AC with a rating of more numbers of stars utilises less energy.

A certified star rating air conditioner uses approximately 15% less energy as compared to non-certified models. That 15% could save you nearly $90 over the unit’s lifetime.Β 

A proper air conditioning installation can also help inΒ 

  • Reducing The Possibility Of Asthma Attacks
  • Making Your Home More Secure
  • Improving The Work Performance
  • Protecting Your Home From Insects And Parasites
  • Reducing The Risk Of Dehydration

2. Check For Thorough Home Insulation

Air leakage can cause the conditioned air to leave your house through small cracks and openings, making ventilation costly. Reducing the flow of air leaking from your home can maximise the efficiency of your air conditioning system.Β 

Weather-stripping and caulking are the two most practical and useful air-sealing routines that offer quick results after investing. It can significantly reduce your home’s energy usage through more efficient heating and cooling.

  • Weather-stripping is used to seal movable and operational building components, such as doors and operable windows. They are ideal for areas prone to expansion and contraction. It also provides soundproofing to your home.
  • Caulk is utilised to fill the small cracks and openings, such as window frames and around the door.Β 

Both are almost the same with a little difference that caulk is rigid when dry and weather-stripping is a more flexible material such as silicone.

3.Turn Off AC When Not In Use

By keeping your air conditioner working during the day and turning off at night can make a significant impact on your electricity bill. The evening air is naturally more refreshing, so turn off your AC unit, open a window and enjoy the gentle breeze to cool things down.

Also, your body doesn’t need an air conditioner for comfortable sleeping. So, with your AC off, you can have some sweet dreams with nocturnal energy savings. Also, you can set the timer to turn off the AC shortly after bedtime.

4.Clean Your Air Conditioner Vents And Units

For efficient working, an air conditioning unit needs time to time service and repair. Fins, coils, and filters must be maintained regularly for good air movement.

  • Replacing an old filter with a clean one can minimise the energy consumption of your air conditioner by 10 to 18%.Β 
  • Dirty and clogged filters will obstruct airflow and decrease the efficiency of the system.
  • Dirt and debris can block natural airflow and perhaps impair the evaporator.Β 

To get better results, leave it to professionals for air conditioning service and repair.Β 

5.Embrace Smart Thermostat Technology

Upgrading to a smart thermostat is not just a step into the future of home automation; it’s a leap towards significant energy savings. These intelligent devices offer precision control over your air conditioning, ensuring it operates only when necessary and at the most efficient settings.

  • Programmable Settings: Tailor your AC’s operation to your daily schedule, avoiding unnecessary cooling.
  • Remote Control: Adjust temperatures from anywhere using your smartphone – perfect for those ‘Oops, left the AC on!’ moments.
  • Energy Savings: Smart thermostats can reduce heating costs by up to 10-12% and cooling expenses by about 15%.
  • Eco-Friendly: By optimising energy usage, you’re contributing to lower greenhouse emissions.

Investing in a smart thermostat not only streamlines your energy consumption but also aligns with a greener, more cost-effective lifestyle.

6.Check Refrigeration Seals

If your refrigerator is more than a few years old, the seals can become less effective, causing a loss of temperature control. They’re usually easy and relatively cheap to replace if damaged, but often, all you need to do is apply pressure to make sure they’re seated correctly all along the door seal.

Always Remember ! A Licensed Technician Should:

  • Use Proper Equipment And ToolsΒ 
  • Verify The Correct Electric Control Sequence
  • Remove Debris And Clean The Fins
  • Inspect Electrical Terminals And Apply A Non-conductive Coating, If Necessary
  • Straighten The Fins
  • Level The Unit For Proper Water Drainage
  • Measure Airflow And Clean The Evaporator Coil
  • Clean A Clogged Evaporator Drain
  • Change The Blower Filter

Wrapping It Up: Cool Comfort, Smarter Savings 🌿🏠

In conclusion, these savvy tips are your ticket to a summer of comfort without the sting of high electricity bills. By being smart with your air conditioning use, not only are you ensuring a healthier living environment and keeping your AC in top shape, but you’re also making a positive impact on your wallet and the planet. Remember, every small action towards energy efficiency contributes to a larger goal – a sustainable, cost-effective home. So, let’s embrace these strategies and enjoy a cooler, greener, and more budget-friendly summer! πŸŒžπŸ’ΈπŸƒ

Posted onOctober 12, 2019

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Brendan Ward is a senior HVAC+R contractor, renowned in his industry as the go-to person for advice, design and planning of commercial air conditioning installations. Brendan has been a qualified professional in both the residential and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector for almost 25 years, and has owned Coalfield's Climate Control, a leading air conditioning company in the Hunter Valley for over a decade.

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