Can you be frugal when it comes to air conditioning?

United States
February 4, 2009 5:24pm CST
We were discussing how it would help to keep the light bills down this summer. What is the best temperature to keep the thermostat set on to save but to stay comfortable. Can you be frugal when it comes to the air conditioning?
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
Hi eaforeman6! The electricity cost here in our country is very high which made us decide not to use the air conditioning unit for a long time now. We use the electric fan more often nowadays and since the past months had been cooler, we have also didn't use much of the fans. I guess if I will be using the air condition in really hot days, I will just have to turn it on for two hours. I usually turn it in low for a few minutes, then turn it high for the rest of the two hours, then turn it off..then will turn on the electric fan. Take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
• United States
6 Feb 09
Its so hot here in Texas that you have to have ac. It's almost like being in the desert lol I have to run ac, and fans, and may get more fans lol. I do have a good central air conditioning. Appreciate the response...
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
Hi dear! That is what my cousin told me too. He lives in Texas too. lovelots..faith
• United States
11 Feb 09
!I CAN TRULY FRY EGGS ON THE SIDEWALK HERE LOL AND THATS A VERY HONEST FACT!LOL Appreciate the response!
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Yes...I don't like being cold so mine is not turned up really very much. I am sure some people think it's too hot in my house in the summer...I'll remind them of that when they visit yet this winter....they say the house is too cold then! (my son!)
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• United States
6 Feb 09
I do like it really cool. I know I will be conserving more this yaer and hoping that they do not raise the costs. Appreciate the response!
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@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
4 Feb 09
We keep ours set on 75% and use a fan to circulate air. Most of the time that is fine.
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• United States
4 Feb 09
I am wondering if they will raise prices on our electricity this summer.? So I am planning on how to be frugal just in case they do. Appreciate the response.
• United States
9 Feb 09
Yes I can be frugal with the air conditioning because I do not turn it on until the house gets to 85 degrees F and I sit under the ceiling fans. Most of the summer I sit wet or damp in my bathing suit and when I get to hot I jump in the swimming pool. I hope that Daisy May will love to swim this summer I want to teach her to dive off the diving board and get the balls.
• United States
9 Feb 09
That will defintly help. Getting in the pool on those hot days is wonderful and I like to do that too. I hope your dog will enjoy the water also. Appreciate the response.
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• United States
14 Feb 09
Do your babies like the water? Daisy May does not mind going out in the rain and she loves to run in the water so I am hopping she will swim. She also loves her mom and does not like getting to far away from me.
• United States
18 Feb 09
Miss. Minnie, wouldnt dream of getting her paws wet. She dosent like the rain, or dirt, or getting wet lol She tolerstaes a bath lol but that is about it.. She is like a Little queen....if she gets wet or dirty, she expects to be dried off immediatly!lol
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Feb 09
We keep it at 75 degrees F when we are home and 80 degrees when we are not home. Many people keep it much, much cooler.
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• United States
13 Feb 09
Yes, and I think it will depend on how much they raise these costs as to how hot we will all have to be. We have no idea what to expect this summer. I hope they dont go up but I doubt we will avoid it.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Feb 09
I hear there's going to be some inflation, so probably energy prices will go up.
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@1hopefulman (24802)
• Canada
8 Mar 09
I had one but finally gave it away. The heat doesn't seem to bother me as much anymore. I always keep the windows open. I wear short pants and the last couple of years did ok.
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• United States
9 Mar 09
People will be doing this , especialy at the rate the prices go up...because you save alot money. We are talking hundreds of dollars a year. Some people have 3 hundred or 400 a month light bills and up. Best wish's and appreciate you sharing.and Happy my lotting!
@athinapie (1152)
• Philippines
27 Feb 09
Well what me and my family do is that we don't use the airconditioner anymore and just settle for the electric fan. We have to do this so that we could save money and spend it on more important things.
• United States
27 Feb 09
Yes, many people will need to do this. Appreciate your response and happy mylotting! Have a wonderful evening!
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
13 Feb 09
72 degrees will work fine.. I will have it on energy saver. And if it is still not good enough, I will make sure that all windows and doors are covered with heat fillers so that the room will feel much colder.. I would also buy curtains that tend to keep the house much cooler. I will also make sure that the air is going on and off too.
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• United States
13 Feb 09
When people get too hot then they get sick and going to the dr's cost more money then running the air conditioner. So I hope they do not raise the costs too much!
• United States
13 Feb 09
We just got air conditioning installed last year. Beore that we just had ceiling fans. We kept the thermostat set at 75. I often would turn it off and only use it wan it was very humid. My husband works in an air conditioned officce so he's used to it being cool. I would turn it on before he got home and then I'd spend the evening outside where it was warm. I'm so sick of cold weather I can't even think abut putting on the sir conditioning.
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• United States
13 Feb 09
The air is already thick and humid here. I have to have the ac because of my alergies. I am ready for spring though because too many people have this flu and different bugs. Appreciate the response and have a great day!
• United States
12 Feb 09
We only run the ac when the weather is uncomfortably humid and hot. We run the fans quite a bit. Putting a fan in one window to blow the cool air in and another in a window at the opposite end of the house to push the warmer air out is one way to conserve.
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• United States
12 Feb 09
That works in some places. Here in Texas, when you have no breezes and extreme humidity, it dosent work well. The temperatures rise quickly and people in mobil homes would not be able to breath......It would be nice if everyone could do this. Appreciate the response.
@KrauseHome (34706)
• United States
9 Feb 09
Luckily I live somewhere that does not get that warm during the Summer for the most part so to have an Air Conditioner is not really that necessary. For me, I feel that it is better to have a sliding glass door open or something instead unless it is really warm, then we will have our Fan on us as well. Personally since it never really gets extremely warm here like in other states this is a bigger savings on our Electric bill for sure.
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• United States
9 Feb 09
You are very lucky on this. It will be boiling hot here and possibly in drought a large majority of the time. Appreciate the response....happy mylotting!
• United States
7 Feb 09
Well, my bills are usually low in the summer because I live in an apartment. I am really hoping to be moving sometime this year into a house or duplex. But as for air, I only have a wall unit and it bearly cools this place at all. I keep it on all summer long cause I am in Iowa and the summers are so humid and hot. I do not like the heat at all. I have really bad allergies and ashma so I have to keep it on so I can breathe. Plus the heat gives me bad headaches to. I just wish I had two wall units in this place. So I use box fans to circulate the air around. Plus I sweat so badly so I try to stay indoors when the weather is so hot. You are lucky you have central air!
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• United States
9 Feb 09
I think it would be very hard to sleep without it. I think a good night's rest is pretty important! Appreciate your response. I hope to be reasonably conservative.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
5 Feb 09
We have an ancient central air system. It still works, but it really sucks up the electric! We haven't used it in several summers. We have a small window unit upstairs in a centrally located area. We shut all the bedrooms during the day so that we are not paying to cool them. I shut the extra rooms downstairs too. I block the kitchen door with a sheet (there is no door). If I cook, most of the heat stays in the kitchen and therefore the air conditioner is not having to work so hard. At night, we close the downstairs completely off and open the bedrooms up to get the AC to cool them off so we can sleep. We have a very shady house and a stone basement foundation. Both these details help our house to stay quite cool as long as there is not a lot of humidity. Once the humidity starts (July and August are really humid), then we turn on the air. We use fans (ceiling and oscillating table fans) in our bedrooms at night whether the ac is on or not. It's just more comfortable. We use the ceiling fan in the dining room downstairs if it is especially hot during the day. For the most part, the little AC upstairs is able to keep up for most of the summer!
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• United States
6 Feb 09
I normaly run the central air and all the ceiling fans too. It gets really hot here in Texas. There are many days , there are no breezes. I am considering getting more fans for the floor to cut costs and help circulate the air. I like it cool. I have alergies and the heat can get to me quick...Appreciate the response, Girlfren!
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