Good weather arrives and the heating gives way to air conditioning. It seems that with the good weather and the increase in sun hours, you will turn on less light and save on the bill. A false belief that can be counterproductive if you do not make efficient and responsible use of air conditioning in summer
According to the latest results of the Fintonic study, average Spanish spends 101.7 euros per month on household supplies such as water, gas or electricity depending on the region. An expense that can be triggered in summer with the consumption of air conditioning. Especially, when the outside temperature is higher, which can get the bill seriously. On the other hand, according to the studies published by Mirubee, the average consumption in the month of July is 7 KWh per day, which would mean an additional 30 euros increase in the bill. Finally, according to a report by AIS Group, the monthly bill can exceed 90 euros only in the month of July due to the excessive use of air conditioning.
How much do you consume?
To establish a fearful consumption and be aware of the expense involved, you must know how much the device actually consumes. For example, if your air conditioner has an electric power of 2000W per hour (2 kW per hour), it means that each time the appliance is cooling at full power, 2000 W will consume . Putting an average price of electricity of 0.15 for each kW (price extracted from the summer of 2015), you will have to multiply by the hours that you have it on to be able to estimate the average expenditure. If, for example, you leave it running all night, it will cost you approximately 2.5 euros . You can check here more estimates, depending on each device.
Therefore, a conscious use of air conditioning must be made. For this, you can check your electricity expenses in the last months in the Fintonic app to have it controlled and not spend more than the account this summer.
How to save
The air conditioning is a perfect tool to be comfortable at home, not suffer heat stroke and benefit from today’s technology. However, not making an efficient and responsible use of it, can have a negative impact on our health , because the worst colds are taken by excess air conditioning, and in our pocket. What can you do about it? Then Fintonic has prepared a list for you to take note of how to save and make efficient use of the air conditioner.
First, choose an efficient device . All appliances have an identifying label that indicates the degree of efficiency it has. The letter A, accompanied by “+” and the green color, are indicative of an energy efficient device. Acquiring an efficient appliance, with an A +++ code, means a 40% saving in energy consumption .
Install the appliances as far away from the direct sun as possible. If the sun hits you constantly it can not only damage the system, it will cost you more to function and, therefore, it will consume more.
Put the appliance at a medium temperature . So that you can get an idea, the Ministry of Industry advises that the thermostat should be set at 24 degrees , but the Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving ( IDEA ), however, believes that the body must adapt to the summer temperature, and you should go with lighter clothes and put the thermostat at 26 degrees . Surely in your house you put it lower, because 85% of people establish it between 20 and 21 degrees , so take note of how to fix it in the most efficient way . For this, you should know that the maximum difference between the temperature that is outside and inside must be 12 degrees. Each degree of difference that you put, you will consume 8% more energy.
In case of having it, install Eco mode , since it allows to reduce consumption by 30%.
Avoid putting it at night . Even if you have a special mode of lower consumption, it is better to lie down when it is cool and turn it off. Open the windows to make current and reduce many hours of consumption. In addition, it is very harmful to sleep with the air conditioner on. Dry the mucous membranes (of the eyes, throat, nose), numb the joints, etc.
Isolate your home Good insulation maintains the interior temperature. At night, open windows and shutters, letting in the air, and in the mornings, when the sun shines, lower the blinds to keep the temperature inside and keep it warm. When you put the air conditioning, instead, close all the doors and windows, so as not to waste energy.
Clean the appliance regularly . Air filters, when dirty, force the unit to consume more energy than usual to be able to cool.