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air conditioner savings????(maybe)

July 21st, 2006 at 04:24 am

hey all,

yesterday we had some wicked storms coming through the area. it is 100 degrees outside, and my fiance and i decided that if the power was going to go out, we were going to try and be as comfortable as possible.(luckily it didn't)
i turned the air down from 78 to 73. it took about 1 hour of the air running to get it down to that in our apartment.
here is the thing...our air is on a thermostat(not programmable) and it kicks on about 3 times an hour and runs for about 10 minutes each time that the temp dips 1 degree below what we set it at. running 30-40 minutes an hour.
after the storm had passed, i put the thermo back to 78 and went back to studying.
the air did not turn back on for about 5 hours as the temp climbed BACK to 78!
so my question is this people....running the air for 1 hour to get the air down, then it not running for 5 hours, or letting the thing turn on and off 3-4 times an hour? i know that it uses a lot of juice to get started, so i am trying to cut down on startups.
if anyone knows what would be better, let me know.
also, check those filters every month.
2nd of all, energyhog.com has all of the energy info you will need about appliances. air uses 15% of bill, fridge 15%, freezer 5%, water heater 13%, lights 10%...it all adds up.

all for now, looking forward to some reponses

rusty

2 Responses to “air conditioner savings????(maybe)”

  1. Lady Jennelle Says:

    Hmmm, I'm not sure what to tell ya about this.

    The only advice I've ever been given is to leave it on because turning it off and on makes it use more power 'cuz it takes more when it has to cool the room back down.

    I am very fortunate that I don't have to pay utilities where I live but regardless I do turn my A/C off every night 'cuz if not, my cats get too cold.

    I know it sounds funny but they are strictly inside cats and are used to have the temps regulated

    Not sure where you are but I hear that there is different kinds of heat and where I'm at, it's really humid and ugh ... feels just plain icky. *lol*

  2. ima saver Says:

    I honestly don't know but it makes sense that not running for 5 hours is better than running on and off 3 times an hour. My dh builds houses and I will ask his a/c man the next time I see him.
    Maybe you could try it again, and read the meter while you are running this experiment. That would tell you.

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