Five Tips To Save On Your Energy Bill This Summer

energy bill We're now into the full throngs of summer, and with that, can come ever sky rocketing energy bills.  If you're looking for a way to keep cool this summer, check out the five below tips via Consumers Energy for a way to manage your energy use and save some money at the same time.

Clean Your Air Conditioner

If you have central air conditioning, clean leaves and debris away to keep the airflow unblocked. A clean filter also helps your air conditioner run more efficiently.

Turn Up The Thermostat

Set your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you're home and higher when you're away.

Block Out The Heat

Close drapes, shades and blinds during the day to prevent the sun from heating your home unnecessarily. Open windows and doors in the early morning and evening to let cooler air in.

Keep Cool With Fans

Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning.  You can also install an attic fan to reduce the need for air conditioning.

The Best Time To Use Heat-Producing Appliances

Operate your stove, oven, dishwasher and dryer in the morning or evening when it's cooler outside. These appliances add extra heat to your home and cause your air conditioner to work harder.

As always, don't forget to stay safe in the heat too.  Remember to check on family and friends, especially older adults. Watch for signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, which can even affect our furry friends. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water, too.