The amount of savings turning up an air conditioner 1 degree can save will depend on the size and efficiency of your unit. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can save about 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you raise the thermostat.
For example, if you raise your thermostat from 78 degrees to 79 degrees, you can save about 3 percent on your cooling costs. If you raise your thermostat from 78 degrees to 80 degrees, you can save about 6 percent on your cooling costs. The average Florida home uses around $200 per month on cooling costs – so a 2 degree difference would save approximately $12 on average.
The exact amount of energy you save will vary depending on the following factors:
- The size of your air conditioner and the size of the space your are cooling
- The efficiency of your air conditioner
- The temperature outside
- The humidity outside
- The temperature you set your thermostat to
If you are looking to save money on your energy bills, raising your thermostat 1 degree is a simple and effective way to do so.
Here are some other tips for saving energy on your air conditioning:
- Make sure your air conditioner is properly maintained. A poorly maintained air conditioner will not operate as efficiently and will use more energy. For more information preventative maintenance offered by Air & Electrical Services, click here.
- Clean your air conditioner’s filter regularly. A dirty filter will reduce airflow and make your air conditioner work harder.
- Use ceiling fans to circulate the air in your home. Ceiling fans can help to make your home feel cooler without lowering the thermostat setting.
- Close your curtains and blinds during the day to keep the sun out of your home. This will help to keep your home cooler and reduce the workload on your air conditioner.
- If you have a set schedule, have Air & Electrical Services install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can help you to save energy by automatically adjusting the temperature of your home when you are away or sleeping.
By following these tips, you can save money on your energy bills and enjoy a more comfortable home.