How much did your air conditioning bill cost you last summer? If it seemed a little high, did you prepare for this year? Summer is quickly approaching, and so is the time for trying to keep cool. If you are worried about the cost of your air conditioning bill, here are a few things that you can do to save money on energy.

Have your A/C unit inspected by a professional.

General maintenance problems, such as low Freon levels and dirty coils, can cause your air conditioning unit to work harder than it has to. An air conditioning repair contractor or plumber can help you to make sure that these problems are taken care of safely, so that your unit is in good repair and ready to help you make it through the season.

Take care of the basics.

Aside from maintenance that needs to be done by a professional (so that you don't electrocute yourself), there are a few basic things that you can do in order to make sure that your unit is running at it's peak performance.

Replacing old thermostats with electronic ones are a great way to conserve energy, as they give you a better read-out, and can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times of the day.  If you have an electronic thermostat, make sure that the battery is working properly, so that you can get an accurate idea of what the temperature in your home is.

Replacing your air filters can also help you to make sure that your air conditioner is not working harder than it needs to, and may save you quite a bit of money.

Opt for some creative cooling ideas.

If you are looking for ways to save money on your A/C bill, but are not looking to spend a lot in the process, try some creative solutions, such as setting your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise in the summer or making sure that all of the vents in your home are open.

Consider adding on to your system.

If your air conditioner is still having trouble keeping up with your family's cooling needs, it may be time to upgrade your system. If your A/C unit is old and worn out, it may be time to look into a newer system. However, if your system still seems to be running okay, but is simply having trouble keeping up with demand, consider adding small window units to bedrooms or other places where your family spends a lot of time.

Keeping your cool in the summer is important, but if last summer's electric bills have you worried, looking for ways to improve your A/C unit's efficiency is a great way to save.