Here's How To Use Your Aircon Remote Control To Lower Your Electricity Bill

Here's How To Use Your Aircon Remote Control To Lower Your Electricity BillHere's How To Use Your Aircon Remote Control To Lower Your Electricity Bill

It's worth a try - especially if you use your AC all the time!

Have you ever looked at your air-conditioner’s remote control and wondered why there are so many buttons? The buttons are there for a good reason. In fact, they are there so you can decide how much (or how little) you want to spend on your electricity bill every month.

So if you’re wondering how to use your aircon remote control to lower your electricity bill, the good guys over at GoodyFeed have analysed the remote control and found the answer to do so.

We’ve also done our own analysis and added in a few more hacks!

Use aircon remote control to lower your electricity bill

Most of us only use two or three buttons on our aircon remote control. Like the on/off button, the temperature control and the fan speed.

But did you know that by learning how to use your aircon remote control properly, you could potentially save money on your electricity bill?

First, let’s take a look at the aircon remote control.

aircon remote control

In most standard issue aircon remote control units, you will find buttons that include the timer and mode settings. These two are your secret weapons to saving money on your electricity bill.

If you’ve ever tried to activate the mode button, you will see some weird symbols appear on your aircon remote control’s little screen.

You might see a little droplet of water or a snowflake. Fun fact: while these two stand for ‘S’ and ‘T’ in Wingdings (who remembers this fun font?). it means something else on the aircon remote.

Here’s a guide on what these foreign symbols mean:

aircon remote control

Source: Mitsubishi Electric

Not so much of a mystery anymore, right? Wrong.

What do each mean? Let’s break it down.


Auto is exactly what its name suggest. Auto mode allows the aircon to decide what fan speed it should run at for how long and will adjust itself according to the room atmosphere. Most of us will just put our aircon settings on auto because it’s the easiest option (and probably because we don’t know what the other settings mean).


If you switch your AC to cool, the AC will run at the exact temperature you set it to run at, regardless of the conditions of the room. Obviously, doing this will force your AC to churn out more power, therefore making your electricity bill higher.


In Dry mode, the AC removes humid air from the room instead of simply blowing cool air in. So in a way, the AC is taking out the hot air in the room to lower the temperature instead of generating cold air. This is a cost-saving mode you should try at night since the overall temperature is already low.


The fan mode is simply that. The AC runs as a fan without actually lowering the temperature of the room. If you’re going to do this, you might as well get a ceiling or standing fan as it will use less energy. But if you HAD to use this mode, it is also cheaper than using Cool or Auto.


You won’t find this on many basic, regional brands of ACs because we don’t really need a heating function. The Heat mode in the AC blows out HOT air, keeping the room temperature warm, rather than cool. This is often used in cold countries and also generates a lot of electricity.

Tips on using the aircon remote control to lower your electricity bill

aircon remote control

Source: Pixabay

1. Use Dry mode as much as possible at night since the temperature is already reasonably cool. Avoid using fan mode if you already have a standing or ceiling fan.

2. Set your timer to 6 or 8 hours. You don’t actually need the AC to run the whole night. Chances are, once you’ve fallen asleep and the night gets cooler, you won’t need to have the AC on anyway. Instead of having to get up in the middle of the night to turn off the AC, set a timer so the AC will automatically turn itself off. Thus, saving some electricity and lowering your bill!


Happy saving on your electricity bill with these aircon remote control tricks! Let us know how much you saved in the comments below.

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