After several weeks of attempting to make it through warmer and more humid evenings, we gave in and started using our a/c at a lower temperature again
After several months of high electricity bills, my wife and I decided it was time to get to the bottom of what was consuming so much energy from our home. One of the first things the two of us did was replace every single incandescent light bulb for a much more efficient LED lightbulb. The new bulbs draw a fraction of the energy plus they last much longer than most incandescent light bulbs. My wife and I decided to take colder showers too, because we thought using less sizzling water would eliminate any excess hot water usage. However, despite our best efforts, the two of us couldn’t chip away at the electricity costs like we were hoping for. So, we continued. The next thing we did was put all of our appliances plus electronics on power strips to turn them off all at once when we weren’t using them. Randomly one afternoon, my wife started to question if our energy expenses were coming from our a/C system instead. It’s June, plus our system is running intermittently all day every day. I decided to set the temperature on our thermostat a bit higher each morning, plus attempted to acclimate to a more humid and hotter indoor environment. To our luck, our a/C appeared to be the central culprit to our out of control electricity bills. The only complication with this, is that the alternative was unbearable. After several weeks of attempting to make it through warmer and more humid evenings, we gave in and started using our a/c at a lower temperature again. My wife and I are going to see if there’s some conceivable way to make our HVAC system more efficient while it’s running. I think it could be just a complication with how our ductwork was designed.