1. Install a programmable thermostat. Raising your home’s temperature by a few degrees at night or when no one is home saves money. Installing a programmable thermostat is an easy way to automatically make adjustments.
  2. Only use ceiling fans when you are under them. A ceiling fan does not actually lower the temperature of a room; it only circulates the air. So only use a ceiling fan when there’s someone in the room to feel it—and save on your bill.
  3. Close the blinds and drapes. This is the easiest way to save money and to help keep the heat out during the hot summer days.
  4. Hang out your laundry. Your dryer is probably one of your home’s biggest energy users. Plus, some of the heat escapes the dryer and winds up heating your home. Let the sun work for you instead of against you this summer.
  5. Caulk up cracks. Do you feel warm air around your doors or windows? If so, check for leaks and seal the gaps with caulk or expanding foam. This will keep the cold air in and warm air out and help you save on your bill.
  6. Keep the kitchen cool. Cooking will quickly heat up your home. Consider grilling outside, plan no-cook meals like salads, or even using a slow cooker on the back porch. A little pre-planning may reduceyour electric bill.