Tips & tricks to keep your energy bill low during the summertime


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s that time of year when people crank up the air conditioning to cool off their home but how can you minimize the cost of using your thermostat?

Consumers Energy says it has a few tips for you to keep in mind this summer.

When you’re home, the key is to get rid of the humidity so experts say keeping the thermostat between 75 and 78 degrees will help maintain your energy bill.

Depending on the circumstances, turning it up to 80 degrees or higher when you leave will also allow you to save some money.

There’s also a few other tricks around the house that people can do to keep their energy bill low.

That includes:

Shutting blinds when it’s sunny to keep it cool in your home and opening curtains and windows at night to let the cold air in.

Experts also say bring in an expert to check your furnace to make sure it’s working properly, remember to change your filters regularly and make sure your air conditioning vents aren’t covered.  

“Sometimes people just don’t think about it you know they leave their house, they go to work, they go to school and their air conditioning system is running throughout the day. The house feels great when you come back but you didn’t need to be running your system for 8 hours while you’re away because that’s where you’ll notice it in your bill later on,” said Brian Wheeler; Consumers Energy Spokesperson.

Experts say regardless of which utility company services your home, these reminders will help keep some money in your wallet.

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