Set AC Temperature
When you are home set your AC between 70 – 75 degrees. However, when you leave your house, change the thermostat to 80 degrees. You don’t need the house cool while you are gone. The reason we don’t say turn the air conditioning off is because it could potentially cost more to re-cool the house entirely once you are home. But instead, lower the degrees when you arrive home and let it cool down within minutes. This is just one simple tip that will hopefully help.
Move Hot Appliances
Another great tip is to keep heat-producing products a few feet away from the air conditioning unit. These items would be lamps, computers, televisions, etc. The reason for this is those items produce heat, and can trigger the AC and make it run longer than necessary.
If you own a two-story home, chances are the upstairs is much hotter than the downstairs. If this is the case, try running the AC upstairs and keeping the downstairs AC at a higher thermostat or utilizing fans instead.
Consider investing in a whole house fan. This is one of the best investments that you install into your attic. Rather than having to run your AC, you open your windows and turn on the whole house fan. It works by pulling in the cool air through the windows from outside in a matter of seconds. Great investment!