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Keeping Your Electric Bill Low This Summer

With the temperature rising as it gets closer and closer to summer, it is important to make sure you pay close attention to your electric bill. Summer in Austin can mean temperatures in the hundreds, which can mean steep hikes in your electric bill if you crank up the air conditioning. Following these tips can help keep your electric bill low during the hot summer months.

  • Keep an eye on the thermostat. Setting the temperature to 70 degrees can cost 50 percent more than setting it to 78 degrees. Make sure to set it to a higher temperature, especially when you are out of the house, but do not turn it completely off. It is less efficient and more expensive to cool a house back down than to set the thermostat to a higher temperature.
  • Cover the windows. Just like covering windows in the winter will keep heat in, it will also keep the cool air in during the summer. Adding curtains and drapes can help lower cooling costs by 30 percent.
  • Use ceiling fans. Although fans do not actually cool the air, the circulation they create can make it seem cooler. Do not leave fans running while you are out of the home since it will only cause the electric bill to rise without actually cooling the house.
  • Avoid the oven. The oven heats up food inside, but can also raise the heat in the whole house. Consider using other appliances, such as the toaster oven or microwave, which uses 90 percent less power than the oven.
  • Turn off those lights. Lights cannot only raise the temperature of a room, but they also use a lot of power. Make sure to turn off lights when you leave a room and only turn them on when the sun goes down.

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