Our 4 favorite summer savers

Take action now with these easy ideas to control cooling costs.

Summer’s warmer weather can also bring higher electricity bills — but it doesn’t have to. Here are ways to efficiently cool your home and keep control of your bill.

1. Raise the temp to reduce costs

Setting your cooling temperature to 76 degrees instead of 70 saves energy. For the average residential customer this saves about $13 a month.

Whether you have air conditioning or a heat pump, raise the temperature about 10 degrees higher than normal if you’re leaving home for more than half the day. Your cooling will run less frequently, but your home won’t get super hot. Turn it off completely if you’re going to be away for more than a day. If you have a new, high efficiency heat pump, "set and forget” the temperature to maximize energy savings.

2. Go natural

At night or during the early mornings, if the air is cool, turn off the AC and open your windows to draw in cool air. A window fan can help. (Keep safety in mind with ground floor windows or children’s bedroom windows.)

3. Be a fan of fans

Keep your cool for a fraction of the cost of air conditioning. If it’s not too hot, use fans instead of AC. Or combine fans with AC at a slightly higher temperature — you’ll still save. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off if no one is around.

4. Give your appliances a rest

Major appliances produce heat when operating, so wait for cooler nighttime hours before using your dishwasher, washer or dryer. Avoid turning on the oven, and, instead, try your microwave, Instant Pot or outdoor grill. This way, your cooling doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable.

Want more ideas on ways to save energy and keep costs in check? Check our other seasonal savers.