Energy Efficient Cooling
Make your home cool and comfortable quickly! Use energy efficient cooling methods and technologies to significantly lower your utility bill, and environmental footprint!
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Energy Efficient Cooling Saves You Money
The average US household spends more than $1,200 per year – or over $100 per month on average – on the energy costs of heating and cooling.
Air conditioning is the number 1 expense out of all energy used in the average home, from 15% of the total cost in most places, to up to 70% in homes with hotter climates!
Fortunately simple measures exist to improve your energy efficient cooling capabilities, so that you can decrease how hard your air conditioner is working, and how much that costs!
Top 12 Ways to employ Energy Efficient Cooling
Each change will improve your energy efficient cooling, and using a combination of them all is the most powerful solution.
- Air Conditioner - while popular, these energy hogging units are definitely not the most energy efficient way to cool your home. For your air conditioner choose from the newest and most efficient Energy Star models, which provide at least 25% or more energy efficient cooling than models from before 2000. If you are using a window unit, choose one with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 11 or higher. Today’s window units use 30-50% less electricity than units from just a few years ago, and many are eligible for 30% Federal Tax Credits. Also make sure to clean the air conditioner’s filter at least once per month, and replace it every 90 days, or per the unit’s specs, as dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder, wasting you money and lifespan.
- Insulation – It is essential to energy efficient cooling success to make sure that your doors and windows are well sealed. This step is likely the most important and most cost effective change you can make. Go to your local hardware store for weather stripping for doors, caulk for around windows and around pipe holes under sinks, and insulation for behind power outlets. While this is all easy to do, you can also hire services to do it professionally.
- Ventilation – Instead of only considering more cool air, think about how effective it is to also get rid of the hot air. This is where a Solar Exhaust Fan, or the SuperFan Whole House Fan come into perfect use to boost your energy efficient cooling, which can remove all of the hot air from a house in under 10 minutes! Also use an exhaust fan while cooking to channel warm air outdoors.
- Ceiling Fans - Installing and using ceiling fans is one of the smartest energy efficient cooling decisions you can make. Each ceiling fan can make a room feel 3-8*F cooler, as the moving air causes evaporation on your skin – the primary sensation that makes you feel cooler. For each degree cooler that it feels from where your air conditioner is set, it can save you 3-5% of your cooling costs! Most ceiling fans cost only around a penny per hour to run, last much longer than air conditioners, and are a fraction of the cost without any maintenance. Whereas a window unit uses 500-1,500 watts, and a central air conditioner can be up to 3,500 watts, a box fan uses only 100 watts at the highest speed, and a ceiling fan uses as low as 15 to 95 watts. It just makes energy efficient cooling sense!
- Thermostat - Choose a programmable thermostat to make it easy to moderate your energy efficient cooling. Set your home to be at the perfect temperature, only when you are home during the week. You can reduce your energy cost by at least 10% by turning up your thermostat 10-15º F while not at home. Also, when you turn on the air conditioner do not immediately turn down it’s temperature or change the thermostat, as this will not make the room colder faster, it will only force the use of more energy. Keep it on 78* F, or whatever your target temperature – never let it be set below that.
- Shading – Your Air Conditioner will run much more effectively if it is also kept cool and out of the sun. The ideal place for your air conditioner is on the north side of the home, so that it is naturally well shaded. In addition or if this is not an option, consider a small awning, or plant shrubs or trees around your air conditioner to shade it. The shade from this and any additional landscaping you add around your home can help to block the sun’s direct rays, which heat your home at least 10-20 degrees.
- Curtains – more than an element of interior design, curtains can play a vital role in energy efficient cooling. Some curtains today contain special lining which reflects the sunlight instead of letting it warm up your home. While letting natural light can save you on lighting, lighting is far less expensive than the cost of cooling, and it is easy to keep curtains closed in unoccupied rooms. Then at night time, if you wish to maximize the curtain strategy, open the curtains to allow heat to escape through the windows at night.
- Solar Screening – This is a type of special mesh for your window screens which can reflect up to 70% of the heat from sunlight from coming in. Up to a third of a home’s cooling costs are due to the solar heat entering through windows, so this is major savings! There are also reflective films that can be applied to windows to create a similar effect. Once consideration is not to make the screens or film too dark, as it may limit your natural light availability and force you to use more electricity and create heat with lighting.
- Dehumidifier – Humidity is actually much more uncomfortable to most people than it just being hot out. This is because the moisture in the air traps the heat and makes it feel much hotter and stuffier. Turning on a dehumidifier in your home will pull that moisture out of the air, which makes it feel much more comfortable for you and your family, plus it saves your air conditioner from doing more work, so it is an ally in energy efficient cooling!
- Evaporative Cooling – If you are living in a hot climate that is also very dry, an evaporative cooler is something worth considering, as it uses a much smaller amount of electricity and water to cool a large space effectively.
- Schedule Chores – Cooking, using the dishwasher, and drying clothes can all have the effect of raising your home temperature. These tasks are better off to occur when no one is home or during the night time – which is also when electricity rates are the lowest! For other chores that require your labor, you may decide to schedule them earlier in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler, so that you will feel more comfortable and need less cooling.
- Lighting – Turning the lights on heats up your home, making a few small changes can make a difference. If you switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs you reduce 90% of the heat that is typically created by bulbs! Plus you will save 75% on energy costs! Turn off lights when you’re not using them, and install light timers and/or motion detectors to maximize how your lighting fits into your energy efficient cooling strategy.
Use a Solar Exhaust Fan and SuperFan Whole House Fan to jump start energy efficient cooling for savings in your home.