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Where in the US will this summer's heat drive up the demand for AC?

By Andy Kalmowitz, AccuWeather staff writer
June 12, 2018, 11:18:52 AM EDT

Air conditioners are projected to be a top driver of global electricity demand in the next 30 years. By 2050, worldwide energy demand from AC units is projected to triple, according to a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

When the weather really starts to warm up, there are quite a few ways to “beat the heat.” Among the most common methods is turning on the air conditioner.

However, that can be a pricey affair, considering air conditioning units are not usually cheap to run, depending on their size.

The question is, how will that impact your energy consumption this summer? Well, it can be dependent on where you live.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido, above-normal temperatures are expected across the Plains and West this summer. Extended stretches of hot weather are most likely in these areas. The most abnormal heat is expected across portions of the southern High Plains and also in an area of the California San Joaquin Valley extending into southeast Oregon.

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“In these areas, unrelenting heat is expected to drive high air conditioning for the summer months," Vido said. “In general, cooling demand should run high across the Western states.”

The story is a little different in eastern portions of the county, according to Vido. Temperatures in these areas are expected to be normal; however, there will be frequent rain and thunderstorm activity that can produce persistent mugginess.

“While temperatures in some areas may end the summer near to slightly below normal, high-humidity air masses can lead to overnight temperatures that are a little higher than normal,” Vido said. “This will give residents from the eastern Gulf into the mid-Atlantic little opportunity to turn off their ACs overnight.”

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Alan Schwandt, an air conditioning repairman, discovers a malfunctioning capacitor in an outdoor unit in Scottsdale, Ariz., Monday, June 19, 2017. Repairmen are constantly on call in the summer, as temperatures in the Phoenix metro area rise to nearly 120 degrees. (AP Photo/Angie Wang)

Vido said that in these areas, the cooling demand from air conditioners is expected to be normal.

Even where temperatures are expected to be near normal, the demand for air conditioning will increase during the sweltering days of summer, and in the decades to come, according to the IEA report.

Here are several tips for saving money on energy in the summer months:

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These tips may not completely offset the price of running an air conditioner, but they can still be helpful to keep you and your family cool.

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