How much does it cost to run my AC?

It’s been HOT! According to a recent News-Miner article, Fairbanksans have been buying up all of the air conditioners and fans available locally. We’ve had some inquiries regarding the cost to run them.

How much does it cost to run my A/C?

How much does it cost to run my in-room A/C?

Below is a breakdown of the cost to operate an in-room air-conditioning unit for a day and for a month. In general, the higher the BTU rating, the more electricity your unit will pull. And, of course, the energy draw will vary by make and model.

6,000 BTU Air Conditioner (approximately 560 watts) 
This unit could cool a room up to 260 sq. ft.

  • 24 hours/day: $2.42 per day or $72.58 per month
    The math: (560/1,000) x ($0.18 per kWh) x 24 hours per day x 30 days
  • 12 hours/day:  $1.21 per day or $36.29 per month
    The math: (560/1,000) x ($0.18 per kWh) x 12 hours per day x 30 days

12,000 BTU Air Conditioner (approximately 1,110 watts)
This unit could cool a room up to 550 sq. ft.

  • 24 hours/day: $4.80 per day or $143.86 per month
    (1,110/1,000) x ($0.18 per kWh) x 24 hours per day x 30 days
  • 12 hours/day: $2.40 per day or $71.92 per month
    (1,110/1,000) x ($0.18 per kWh) x 12 hours per day x 30 days

You have the power to use less.

  • Avoid putting your air-conditioning unit in direct sunlight. Close blinds and shades.
  • Keep the filter clean to ensure your air conditioner runs more efficiently. This is similar to how your dryer runs more efficiently if you clean the lint screen.
  • Close all doors and windows. Don’t let hot air in.
  • Avoid adding heat from your stove or oven. Breakout the slow cooker or fire up the grill.

This post uses GVEA’s current residential kilowatt-hour cost of $0.18.

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