LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – People are paying more for just about everything, and with the current heatwave baking the region, running air conditioners nonstop doesn’t help.
LES has a few ways to save a couple of bucks.
According to Marc Shkolnick, manager of energy services at LES, there are a few low and no-cost things customers can do to save money.
He said it’s important for people to check their air conditioner air filter. If it’s dirty, it could cause the air conditioner to work harder and longer, which takes a lot of energy.
It’s recommended that people change the filter every 90 days.
Shkolnick also said to go outside to the compressor unit and make sure it is clear of leaves or other debris.
LES also recommends setting the thermostat higher while people are not at home.
The utility also said the best temperature to set the thermostat in the summer to save the most money is 78, but Shkolnick said setting the thermostat just 1 degree higher than normal can save you money.
“Roughly for every 1 degree that you set the thermostat up, you’re going to save about 3% on your energy,” he said. “So if you want it at 72, for example, that’s your comfort level, and that’s fine, you’ll pay a little bit more. But that’s a trade-off that a lot of people are willing to make, particularly on days when it’s really hot and humid. “
It’s also recommended to use ceiling fans if you have them.
That will allow you to raise the temperature slightly on the thermostat, while still keeping the rooms in the home cool.
LES also recommends ditching any incandescent light bulbs.
Shkolnick said not only does it take more energy to illuminate that light, but 90% of the energy going to the lightbulb is being wasted as heat, and that means more work for the AC.
He recommends going to either compact fluorescent lights or LEDs.
Lastly, most people think about insulation only in the winter, when they want to keep the heat inside the home, but insulation is just as important in the summer.
If there are gaps in the insulation, cold air is escaping, and the AC has to work harder and longer to keep the place cool.