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5 Ways to Reduce AC Usage (And Save $$$ on Your Energy Bills)

Khoa Le
May 31 4 minutes read

As the summer heat waves approach, many of us are bracing ourselves for the inevitable spike in our energy bills. But what if I told you there's a way to keep your home cool and comfortable without breaking the bank? As a long-time Toronto resident and real estate agent, I've seen it all - scorching summers, sky-high energy bills, and homeowners feeling the heat! But trust me, there are ways to beat the heat without sacrificing your comfort. And today, I'm excited to share my top 5 tips to help you reduce your AC usage and save some serious cash on your electric bill.

1. Strategize Your Window Coverings

Your windows are the gatekeepers of your home's temperature. During the day, they can let in the scorching sun's rays, heating up your home. But at night, they can become your allies, allowing the cool evening air to flow in. By closing your blinds or curtains during the day, you block out the sun's heat, and by opening them at night, you let the cool air in. This simple strategy can make a significant difference in regulating your indoor temperature.

2. Optimize Your Thermostat

Your thermostat is the control center of your AC system. By programming it strategically, you can save a bundle. During the day, when you're not home, set your thermostat a few degrees higher. You might not even notice the difference when you're not home. Then, about an hour before you arrive, kick the AC back on to cool things down. This way, you're only using the AC when you need it most.

3. Seal Air Leaks 

Think of your home like a fortress, and those cracks and gaps around your windows and doors are like tiny breaches in the walls. They let precious cool air escape and hot air creep in, forcing your AC to work overtime. Sealing these leaks is a simple and effective way to keep your home cool while reducing your AC usage. A little caulk or weatherstripping can go a long way in sealing those leaks and keeping your AC running efficiently.

4. Limit Heat-Generating Activities

We all love a good home-cooked meal, but those ovens, stoves, and clothes dryers are like little heat factories. During the hottest parts of the day, try to minimize their use. Instead, opt for outdoor grilling, which is a great way to enjoy the summer weather while keeping your home cool. And if you can, air-dry your laundry. It's a simple switch that can make a big difference.

5. Maintain Your AC System

Just like any high-performance machine, your AC needs regular maintenance to keep running smoothly. Clean or replace your air filters every month or as recommended by the manufacturer. Keep the outdoor condenser unit free from debris and vegetation, so it can breathe easy. And don't forget about those professional AC tune-ups. They're like a check-up for your system, ensuring it's running at peak efficiency.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you'll be able to keep your home cool and comfortable while reducing your AC usage and saving on your energy bills. And the best part? You won't have to sacrifice your comfort to do so! So go ahead, stay cool, and enjoy the rest of your summer in Toronto!

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