In order to try to keep my home comfortable, I will need to use a lot more energy if the outside temperature rises to 110 degrees and I try to run my air conditioner at 76 degrees
It’s no secret that Phoenix, also known as the Valley of the Sun, is located in the middle of a desert. Naturally, it should be hot there given that it is in the middle of a desert. And yes, it takes a little while to get used to the dry heat in Phoenix. Even though many of us have learned to love the heat and have even developed strategies for avoiding it, there are times when it gets to be too much to bear. We had one of the hottest months on record since 1896 a few summers ago. The hottest month of the year, with an average temperature of 96 degrees, is usually July. However, over 50 days in August of the previous year, two years ago, the temperature reached triple digits. To say those temperatures were brutal would be an understatement; there are no adequate words to convey how miserable it was outside. Consequently, it makes sense. Unfortunately, my utility bill showed increased usage because I spent the majority of that month indoors in the air conditioning. In fact, because I used my air conditioner so frequently during that Summer, my energy bill increased by almost $30 a month. I keep my thermostat set at 76 degrees in the summer when the highs are usually around 96 degrees. In order to try to keep my home comfortable, I will need to use a lot more energy if the outside temperature rises to 110 degrees and I try to run my air conditioner at 76 degrees. I am therefore grateful that I have air conditioning even though I paid significantly more because I used more energy that Summer. If I didn’t, I’m not sure how I would have survived the summer in Phoenix.