7 Ways to Cut Your Summer Energy Costs

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Just thinking about a high energy bill is enough to make anyone sweat, but your utility bills don’t need to be outrageously high just because it’s summer. There are several things you can do to ensure your energy costs don’t rise with the heat. Here’s a look at how you can lower your summer electric bill.

1. Operate your thermostat efficiently

Start by setting your thermostat as high as you can without sacrificing your comfort. The smaller the difference is between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your utility bill will be. When you’re gone, keep the house warmer than normal, suggests Energy.gov. Just doing that can lead to an annual savings of 30 percent, per U.S. News & World Report.

Another thing to avoid? Kicking your air conditioner into overdrive as soon as you turn it on. Impatiently turning your air conditioner down to 66 won’t cool your home any faster, and instead, could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expenses. Start off with a higher temperature, and then choose to lower the temp a bit more if need be.