Are your energy bills higher in summer?

Most families use more electricity during the summer.

When the kids aren’t in school all day, they spend more time at home watching TV, playing video games and using the computer.

In fact, when it’s hot outside, the whole family is indoors with the lights on, the TV running and the air conditioning cranked up.

To keep electricity bills from soaring like the outdoor temperatures, consider:

  • Lowering the thermostat by seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day. You could save up to 10 percent a year on your A/C bill.
  • Upgrading all of your lamps and overhead lights to LED fixtures and bulbs. They don’t emit any heat, so they don’t force your A/C to work harder. And they use less energy.
  • Washing your clothes in cold water.
  • Cooking in the microwave oven or on an outdoor grill.