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When using an air conditioner, be sure to shut it off when you are going to be away for more than a couple of hours. This way your will conserve elecetricity, and save on your electric bill.
I was always told that if you shut it off, Your air conditioner must work a whole lot harder to get all the moisture out of your air, apholstery, carpetting etc. once again. It is supposed to end up wasting energy, unless you are leaving it off for a length of time because the weather has cooled down for instance.