In my opinion, there is nothing worse than living in a house during the summer that is hot, stuffy and downright uncomfortable. One night, my wife's friend, Susan, called our house. I told her my wife was out and asked her how everything was going.
Susan said everything in Jacksonville, Florida, was good. But, she said that the city was experiencing a terrible heat wave. I told her I wasn't terribly surprised. I remember the last time my wife and I visited Susan it was 95 degrees!
On top of the scorching weather, Susan told me her air conditioner unit was broken. I felt so badly for her. But, she told me not to worry. She was watching the Channel 4 news in Jacksonville and learned some tips about how to keep her AC unit from malfunctioning.
Susan said that the first piece of advice was to keep the air conditioner unit in the shade. Doing so can ensure that the appliance is running efficiently. But, she did tell me that it was important to make sure trees, plants and other shrubs were two to four feet away from the unit to make sure cool air can flow easily.
The other tip she told me that the higher temperature the air conditioner is set at, the more money I will save. Specifically, Susan said that each degree below 78 increases energy consumption by approximately 8 percent. I was a bit confused by what she meant, so she explained further. Susan said that, for example, if my monthly electric bill is about $100, I would save $8 a month with each degree my family and I can withstand above 78 degrees.
As our conversation came to an end, I thanked Susan for the very useful information. Not only is Susan a great friend to me and my family, she's always willing to share any useful information she may have, especially regarding anything that has to do with money!