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Here are some simple ways to help lower your energy bill during the summer months.
One Degree. Program your thermostat to maximize energy savings. Setting your thermostat even one degree higher can reduce energy use by up to 5 percent.
Ceiling Fan. Use a ceiling fan when you're in the room and set your thermostat a few degrees higher to lower your electric bill. Make sure the ceiling fan is running counter-clockwise in the summer and turn the fan off when you leave the room.
Full Loads. Wash only full loads of laundry. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load's energy use in half, and cold water can save even more.
Air Dry Dishes. Air dry dishes in your dishwasher. This step can cut your dishwasher's energy use by up to 50 percent.
Water Heater. Dial down the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees or lower. This will also help prevent scalding.
Lighting. Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LEDs. Lighting can amount to up to 12 percent of monthly energy use, and LED bulbs can cut lighting by 75 percent.
Unplug. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. When powered on, game consoles, TVs and similar devices are responsible for up to 12 percent of energy use.