How to keep your electricity bill low while temps are high

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With temperatures skyrocketing across the Mid-South, there are practical ways you can avoid wasting money and electricity.

Traditional vs. ‘Smart’ thermostat

Energy experts recommend investing in a ‘smart’ thermostat that users can program to save money and energy.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats can help the average user save as much as ten percent a year.

The cost and installation of a Google Nest thermostat is at least $200, but the savings will soon pay off if the device is programmed to a set schedule.

Limit fan use outside of the house

Fans don’t cool rooms, they cool people.

It might be cheaper to run a fan than an air conditioning unit, but you run the risk of wasting electricity by leaving a fan on all day.

Experts with the U.S. Department of Energy remind the public that fans create a wind-chill effect, but the temperature of the air inside the room will remain the same.

Be mindful of energy waste

Window coverings like blinds and curtains can prevent sunlight from penetrating a room and increasing the temperature inside.

Sealing leaks outside windows and doors with weatherstripping or caulk may help keep cooler air inside.

Experts also recommend waiting to wash your dishes or clothes until you have a full load.

In the average U.S. home, water heaters take up 18% of energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends setting your water heater at a temperature of no more than 120°F, but a lower temperature will certainly save you money in the long term.

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