It just seems like the cost of everything is not coming down anytime soon, so what can be done to save a little bit of money? With temperatures soaring there are some basic things you can do to cut the cost of your energy bill.

Adjust the Thermostat

Most industry experts, including SLEMCO advise you to keep your thermostat at 78 degrees. It may seem hard to do, but in these extremely hot temperatures, you don't want your air conditioning to run constantly because it's going to cost you a fortune when your bill comes due.

Use Blinds and Shades

Another great piece of advice from Mary Laurent with SLEMCO is to not let the sunshine in your home. It sounds harsh, but letting more sunshine into your home is going to drive the temperature up. It's best to close the shades and use curtains if you have them. You can now even buy products with greater insulation to protect your home from so much heat pouring in from the outside.

Change Filter Regularly

A huge thing that can help the efficiency of your air conditioning unit is making sure you are changing those filters on a regular basis according to Lafayette Utilities System. When your filter is dirty it only makes your air conditioning unit work even harder than it normally does. Experts also say you don't need an expensive filter to get the job done. In fact, they suggest you use an inexpensive one so the air doesn't have to fight so hard to get through the filter.

Use Ceiling Fans

Government Energy experts say using ceiling fans is a great way to make you feel more comfortable. Often people don't turn the thermostat up higher because it's just not comfortable, but ceiling fans can help the temperature feel several degrees cooler.

Using these tips you can help ease the burden of the electric bill during the hot summer months.

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