Hello, summer! The days are longer, the mercury’s higher, and pollen’s everywhere. And even if you’re stuck inside due to social distancing, you’re probably still feeling the heat. It can be a struggle to stay cool during those hot and toasty days. However, air conditioning can cause power bills to skyrocket, especially if you’re working from your apartment. Here are a couple of tips and tricks you can use to keep air costs down during the summer.

Text by Makayla Smith

Be Mindful of Your AC

Make sure that your AC is able to push out cool air. Regularly check the air filter for buildup. Checking filters monthly promotes effective air conditioning and cleaner air. Plus, cleaning your air filters once a month lowers an AC’s energy consumption by 5 percent to 15 percent. And that means a lower power bill!

Become a Fan of Fans

Instead of depending on the thermostat to lower the temperature, invest in a fan. A fan not only requires less energy, but focuses mainly on one room in the house. And don’t forget to adjust your fans for summer! For instance, adjusting a ceiling fan so that the air blows in a counterclockwise manner creates a breeze effect. Not only can that cool down the room, but it cools you down as well. In order to save money and energy, be sure to turn the fan off once you have left the room.

Use CFL or LED Light Bulbs

Both CFL and LED light bulbs consume less energy. They produce less heat than an air conditioner too. On top of that, they require less electricity as well. C.F.L, or Compact Fluorescent Lamps, are characterized as the curlier light bulbs. They consume 25 to 35 percent less energy than light bulbs. L.E.D, or Light Emitting Diodes, hold the average lifespan of 50,000 hours. They use 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs. If you’re interested in keeping cool and saving money, CFL or LED bulbs are the way to go.

These simple strategies can prevent expensive air costs and keep your apartment cool all summer long.