SPOKANE, Wash. - Consumers often hear if you want to save some money on your energy bill to turn up the thermostat in the summer. But there are some other ways to trim costs.
When summer temperatures rise, cranking up the air conditioning can lead to high costs. But you'll find there are a lot of "energy-suckers" in your kitchen, bathroom, living room and other areas of your home. Spotting those energy culprits can help you slash your bill, without making you sweat.
On days when the mercury is rising, rather than turning on the AC, the department of energy suggests using ceiling fans throughout your home.
And in the kitchen, plan meals that don't involve too many appliances. Try not to use the oven, which can heat up your home and kick on the air conditioning. Instead, plan meals you can cook on the grill. But if you're using the stovetop, ventilate to suck the hot air out of the kitchen.
Also consider shutting off some of the things that generate a lot of heat around the home.
Only run the dishwasher if it's full, and think about air drying instead of using the heated dry option.
Also, don't turn the shower up too hot. The shower will cause extra humidity in your home, so be sure to run the fan.
Plus, look out for things like lamps, computers and televisions. If you want to keep them on, move them away from the thermostat to avoid tricking it into pumping more cool air into a room than necessary.
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