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Consider these cost-saving tips this summer

Warmer temperatures can lead to higher energy use in the summer months. To help manage your energy use, consider these tips:

  1. Change your air filter regularly. A dirty air filter makes an HVAC system work harder, which uses more energy.
  2. Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable setting. The smaller the difference between the inside and outside temperatures, the lower your energy usage and bill will be.
  3. Close blinds, drapes and curtains during the hottest part of the day. Keeping your blinds, drapes and curtains closed will help prevent the sun's rays from heating your house.
  4. Use a ceiling fan to supplement your air conditioner. Make sure the fans are set to operate in a counterclockwise direction to push cool air down into living spaces.
  5. Grill and cook outdoors. Using your electric oven and stovetop creates a lot of indoor heat. Help save energy by firing up the grill outdoors or prepare meals that don't require cooking.
  6. Turn off unnecessary lights. Be sure to turn off lights when you leave a room. Lights emit heat and cause your air conditioning system to work harder.