September 25, 2019

How To Keep Your Electricity Bill Low & Your House Cool 

By using Kancy Smart Devices

A smart home is about more than just convenience and security. Sure, these are the central pillars home automation is founded on, but a truly smart home is an energy-efficient home. Maybe you live somewhere that AC use is a year-round necessity. Perhaps you suffer scorching summers when it seems like your electricity bill spirals out of all control.

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It doesn’t have to be that way.

Today, we have six workable ways you can keep your home cooler without needing to spend a fortune for the privilege.

Before we break down those approaches to eco-friendly climate control, some general guidance of slashing your electricity bills.


A Sensible Strategy for Lower Electricity Bills

Before you think about anything else, is your air conditioner properly maintained?
If not, it’s never too late to start!

AC Maintenance 

As a guide, replace your filters every 1 to 2 months when you’re running the AC continually. This alone could see you lower your power bills by around 5%. Don’t neglect this and force old, dirty filters to work hard accomplishing nothing. Swap them out frequently and notice an immediate benefit.
Here are some more easy ways to keep your AC unit optimized.
  • If you have a window AC, check the seal between the frame and the air conditioner. If this is compromised, leaks can cause energy wastage
  • Do you live somewhere particularly humid? If so, consider adding in a dehumidifying heat pipe to your system so it doesn’t need to work so hard
  • Head outside and clean around the outdoor condenser coils. You should cut back any surrounding foliage so there are at least 2 feet of clearance around the coils
  • Check the fins on those coils outside. Make sure none are bent and impeding airflow
  • Use a stiff wire to check the drain channels. The AC unit won’t be able to operate effectively or reduce humidity reliable if these are clogged

When you look at it, there’s really not that much to do to keep your air conditioner running at its best. There’s no excuse not to stay on top of maintenance. Your system will last longer, you’ll feel more comfortable, and you’ll reduce your electricity bills into the bargain.

How else can you keep energy costs down, then?

General Guidance For A Lower Electricity Bill

General Guidance for A Lower Electricity Bill

OK, you have your AC unit in peak condition and all filters ready for action.
How else can you stay cool without paying the earth?
  • Use a smart thermostat – more on that below – and set the temperature to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home and need to cool down. Manipulate the temperature accordingly while you’re away. Take advantage of the cost-cutting aside from automating climate control while also making your life easier and more comfortable.
  • Block out any unwanted sunlight with window treatments. Also, make sure you keep windows closed when it’s too hot to avoid radiated heat from the outside coming in.
  • Take full advantage of ceiling fans as an alternative to AC
  • Find and fix any leaks since this will dramatically improve the energy-efficiency of your home
  • Try to limit the number of appliances you use since these all kick up a significant amount of heat
  • Unplug all appliances not in use to reduce the heat generated
  • Think seriously about adding some shade outdoors. If you have excess solar heat making its way indoors, block it out with some foliage

So, with those basics sketched in, we’ll walk you through six actionable ways to stay cool year-round usingsmart home devices.

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2 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool and Electricity Bill Low

  1. Kancy Smart Thermostat
  2. Kancy Smart Blinds Control Switch.

1) Install a Kancy Smart Thermostat as a Foundation

The best way to lay a solid foundation for an energy-efficient home is to install a smartWiFi thermostat.

While you might struggle to achieve the 20% savings propagated by manufacturers, optimizing climate control obviously helps to cut costs. We’d suggest savings of 10-15% through judicious use of aWiFi thermostat are reasonable.

Kancy Smart WiFi Thermostat

The mighty Kancy thermostat ِAllows to control by voice command by Alexa or Google Assistant.

Compatibility extends beyond digital assistants to IFTTT, SmartThings and a huge spread of devices from all the main players.

Another outstanding feature of Kancy is the way you can build in-room sensors to put paid to those hot and cold spots you can find with regular climate control.

When you’re looking to save energy, it helps to see how and where you’re using it. Enjoy comprehensive free energy reports so you can pinpoint any problem areas and bring your costs down further based on accurate data.

Staying in control of the temperature even when you’re not at home allows you to almost completely eliminate energy wastage. You never need to heat or cool unoccupied rooms and there’s no chance of forgetting to turn the AC off and leaving it running all day when you’re out.

Since you can make such incremental changes in temperature, you can easily experiment with raising the temperature just a few degrees so you can save money without feeling uncomfortable.


2) Kancy Smart Blinds Control Switch

Smart blinds are a convenient addition to any home and by intelligent use of blinds, you can prevent unwanted heat from penetrating your home. If you’re attached your existing blinds but you want to upgrade their intelligence. You’ll be able to turn blinds into smart blinds on the spot.

Onboard temperature sensors mean the blinds can automatically detect when the room is getting too hot and the blinds will close. This is a small but valuable way to save energy on an ongoing basis.

All you need is the app and a WiFi connection and you can start enjoying remote control of your blinds. You can also use either Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control.

Scheduling and automating your blinds is a cinch in-app and you can enjoy the added security benefit of making your home appear occupied even when you’re on vacation.

Final Word

Well, we hope you’ve found some useful pointers here today. With Kancy smart thermostat and Kancy smart blinds controller as a starting point and a little creativity, you can easily stay cool without spending a fortune.