How to keep your electric bill low this summer

thermostat and human handWith summer fast approaching, it is important to pay attention to your electric bill. Running the air condition to keep cool in the hot months can make your bill skyrocket in no time. Keeping these tips in mind will help keep your electric bill at a manageable level.

  • Pay attention to your air conditioning. Air conditioning can account for almost 50 percent of the electric bill during the summer months. Simply changing the set temperature from 70 degrees to 78 degrees can cut the cost to operate in half. Make sure to set the air at a higher temperature while you are out of the house, but not off completely. It is less efficient to cool a house back down than to leave the air at a higher temperature.
  • Cover your windows. The same way that covered windows keep heat in during the winter, it also keeps the cool air in during the summer. Just closing window shades during the day can reduce cooling costs by up to 30 percent.
  • Utilize your ceiling fan. Although ceiling fans do not actually cool your home, the air circulation they create can help a room feel eight degrees cooler. Make sure to turn off fans when you are out of the house so that you do not run up the electric bill.
  • Turn off lights. During the day, only turn on lights that are completely necessary to avoid unnecessary electric costs. Always remember to turn off all lights when you leave a room.
  • Avoid the oven. The oven is hot, which not only heats up your house during the winter months, but also uses lots of electricity. All appliances use electricity, but simply cooking something in the microwave instead of an oven can use 90 percent less energy.

Pulp Street Corporation reminds all homeowners to be aware of rising electricity costs in the summer months. When it comes to insuring your home, Pulp Street can find you the best policy to fit your needs.

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