To my luck, my air conditioner seemed to be the central culprit in my out of control electricity bills.
After several months of high electricity bills, I decided to get to the bottom of what was drawing so much energy in my house. One of the first things I did was swap out every single incandescent light bulb for a wildly more efficient LED lightbulb. They draw a fraction of the energy and last much longer than most incandescent light bulbs. Then, I decided to take colder showers and try using less hot water overall in hopes that possibly my water heater had something to do with my outrageous energy expenses. But, despite my initial efforts, I couldn’t chip away at the electricity costs as much as I had hoped. So, I carried on, and next I put all of my appliances and electronics on surge strips to turn them off when not in use. Randomly one day, I started to think that maybe some of my energy expenses were coming from my air conditioner. It’s July and it is running intermittently throughout the day, every single day. I decided to raise the temperature on the thermostat a bit each day, and attempted to acclimate to a more hot and humid indoor environment. To my luck, my air conditioner seemed to be the central culprit in my out of control electricity bills. The only problem is the alternative was unbearable. After two weeks of attempting to make it through miserably sweaty afternoons and evenings, I gave in and started using my air conditioner more again. I’m going to see if there is some conceivable way to make my HVAC system more efficient while it runs. Perhaps it is just a problem with how my ductwork was designed.