Although there are fluctuations in air temperatures throughout April, temperatures are expected to gradually increase towards the end of the month. While natural gas bills won’t be on the citizens’ agenda until winter, the electric bill element will come into play for those who have air conditioning in their homes. The record for daily electricity consumption is usually broken during the summer months. With the onset of summer, the use of air conditioners begins. Air conditioners consume much more energy than other household appliances; refrigerators work harder. 79.2% of homes with air conditioners have one and 17% of them have 2. 91.7% of air conditioners are located in the living room. When the daily electricity consumption exceeds 8 kilowatt hours and exceeds 240 kilowatt hours per month, it will be treated at the increased rate. Therefore, air conditioners will have a negative reflection on the consumer.
So, is it possible to both benefit from the comfort of the air conditioner and pay a low electricity bill in hot weather? How can those who have air conditioners at home save electricity? Is there any way to reduce electricity bills including air conditioner usage? Here are the tips for using air conditioners and ways to save electricity…
HOW TO SAVE ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILLS?
First of all, it is important not to buy an air conditioner larger than you need. Using the air conditioner at around 25 degrees instead of very low temperatures saves money. When buying an air conditioner, the size of the place to be cooled and the climatic conditions should be taken into account. Enjoying the outside air by turning off the air conditioner on cool days, keeping doors and windows completely closed while running the air conditioner during hot hours, keeping the indoors cool, using the air conditioner at around 25 degrees instead of very low temperatures electricity.
IF THE AIR CONDITIONER IS INCORRECTLY INSTALLED…
Scheduling the air conditioner to turn off when not at home and blocking direct sunlight from entering the cooled room also prevents excessive consumption. Make sure your air conditioner is properly installed. Incorrectly installed devices consume more energy and cause malfunctions. Air conditioners should be serviced at least once a year. Thus, the device retains the effectiveness of the first day.
CAUTION IF THE AIR CONDITIONERS ARE MORE THAN 10 YEARS OLD!
It is necessary to program the air conditioner to turn off when not at home. Replacing air conditioners over 10 years old with new ones and preventing direct sunlight into the cooled room are also effective in reducing electricity consumption. Periodically clean the air filters of air conditioners, adjust the humidity of the device in areas with high humidity, turn the air conditioner into curtains, etc. Some other suggestions for saving air conditioning are not covering it with furniture, not having much difference between the outside temperature and the inside temperature (for example, not setting the inside to 18 degrees when the outside temperature is 40 degrees).
DO NOT SWITCH OFF AND ON FREQUENTLY
In addition, turning air conditioners off and on frequently during the day also results in large energy consumption. If you constantly turn your air conditioner on and off, your appliances consume several times more energy because they restart all their systems. Electricity consumption is constantly increasing depending on the frequency of opening and closing.
PREFER ECONOMIC AIR CONDITIONERS
Another way to save energy is to prefer air conditioners with ECO mode. In air conditioners with this feature, it is possible to use the eco (economical) mode of the device as much as possible, which saves energy. While products with inverter technology are preferred, products with high energy efficiency and a minimum energy class A++ should be chosen. The higher the level of energy efficiency, the less energy the appliance consumes.
AIR CONDITIONER OR FAN?
Air conditioners, which arguably provide better cooling than fans, have on average 20 times the power consumption capacity of fans. Given this situation, choosing a fan at manageable temperatures with a fan saves electricity by running the fan first, if the temperature is even higher, turning off the fan after cooling down a bit the environment.
SAVE 80 PERCENT ENERGY
The reduction in the amount of energy consumed for lighting varies according to the types of bulbs and lamps used. In lighting, a 15 watt energy saving lamp consumes 75% less electricity than a normal 60 watt bulb. In order to consume less electricity, the choice of bulbs is also important.
Fluorescent lamps are more economical than halogen and normal lamps. The use of this type of lighting fixtures makes a difference in areas such as the kitchen, living room and living room where the light is on for a long time. By using compact fluorescent lamps instead of incandescent bulbs, we can consume 80% less energy.
SIMPLE SAVING MEASURES TO DO AT HOME
One of the most common mistakes is keeping the windows open while the air conditioner is running. Forgetting open windows lets hot air in. It is useful to close the curtains while the air conditioner is running.
By using curtains or blinds that are not too dark, you can prevent sunlight from overheating the room.
Instead of turning on the lights in the evening, you can enjoy the sunlight.
Although this is not possible during the winter months, it takes very little time for your hair to dry naturally during the summer months. Instead of using a hair dryer after showering, you can towel dry your hair and let it dry naturally.
If you are not going to cook and want to reheat a small portion, you can use a microwave oven instead of the stove. Because the stove not only heats the air, but also causes additional electricity consumption because it will work longer.
Frequent opening of the oven door heats up the environment and the need for cooler increases. Do not open the lid as much as possible and try to look at the food through the glass section.
Wet clothes dry very quickly in summer. Therefore, instead of using a clothes dryer, you can save electricity by letting laundry dry naturally.
The same goes for dishwashers. You can reduce energy consumption by not choosing the drying function of the dishwasher and by letting the dishes air dry naturally.
One of the reasons for the perceived high temperature is that the air is too humid. If you run your air conditioner in dehumidify mode, the perceived temperature will decrease and you will save money since dehumidify mode consumes less electricity than cooling mode.
Don’t forget to take care of your air conditioner. This is beneficial both in terms of obtaining a healthy environment and saving energy.
When the weather starts to warm up, you can lower the hot water level in your combi boiler.