Opening that first electric bill of the summer is always a rude awakening. Just when you’re breathing a sigh of relief because your winter fuel expenses are behind you, the home cooling costs rear their ugly head.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that 6 percent of our country’s electricity is used for air conditioning. American homeowners spend about $29 billion annually keeping cool.
Energy rates have been going up for a while in Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and Atlantic counties. Here are some A/C recommendations to keep your electric bills manageable without sacrificing comfort.
When people ask us what temperature they should set their thermostat in the summer, we suggest 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature usually strikes a balance between comfort and energy efficiency. Set your central A/C to this temperature and, if necessary, adjust it by a degree or two for comfort. Once your family chooses a setting, stick with it.
At Woodruff Energy, we can recommend some other tactics for reducing your energy costs in the summer.
With regular service, a central A/C system can keep you reliably comfortable for 15 years or more. The HVAC experts at Woodruff Energy can help. When you enroll in an affordable Central Air Conditioning Comfort Plan, we’ll perform a comprehensive tune-up each year. Plus, you’ll receive priority emergency service and discounts on repairs.
Reach out to the Woodruff Energy team today to sign up for service plan coverage or to arrange your annual A/C tune-up.