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6 Smart Ways to Reduce Your Energy Use this Summer

When temperatures begin to rise in the summer, making small adjustments to how your household uses energy can help lower your electric bill. Follow these money-saving tips to reduce your energy use, and in turn, your monthly bill.

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees. Nearly half of the electricity used in homes goes to condition the air inside.
  • Don't turn off the air conditioner when you're gone; instead, set it higher. Turning it off makes the system work harder to overcome the heat built up in a house when you turn it back on. 
  • Use a programmable thermostat. Set it to bring your home's temperature down to 78 degrees 30 minutes before you get home. 
  • Replace air conditioner filters now, then once a month. The dirtier the filter, the harder your heat pump must work. 
  • Restrict the use of heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers to the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler outdoors. 
  • On warm days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

For more energy-saving tips, visit jacksonemc.com/waystosave.