Lower Your Electric Bill This Summer

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Does it feel as if the temperature isn’t the only thing rising this summer? To keep up with demand, energy companies typically hike their rates in the warmer summer months. But how can you be sure your energy bill doesn’t follow suit?

The tricky thing about the summer months is that there seems to be a bit more in terms of appliances that require energy. You want to keep the temperature comfortable in your home so you are more likely to use more electricity to do so. However, there are many things you can do to help combat the increase in usage and the rise in the prices to keep your bills lower.

Have you tried any of these tips?

1. Use warm or cold water instead of hot water when doing your laundry. You can save 4% off of your total energy bill.
2. If you line dry your clothes in the summer instead of using the dryer, you can save up to 5%.
3. Avoid using the dry cycle of the dishwasher and let the dishes air dry instead.
4. Unplug electronics and chargers when they are not in use. Even not powered on, leaving things plugged in uses energy as well.
5. Always turn off appliances and lights when they are not in use.

Did you know that for every degree you set your thermostat you are spending more on energy? Instead, keep the thermostat at 78 degrees during the day and use ceiling fans or room fans to cool the area. These use less energy so they can save you money in the long-run. Plus, you do not really need the air conditioners blaring when you aren’t home, right?

If you eliminate wasted energy and are conscious about the energy you do use, you are more likely to see a positive impact on your energy bills this summer.

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