Stay comfortable this summer without breaking the bank

When hot sticky weather moves in, most people turn on their air conditioning to keep cool and stay comfortable. High temperatures and humidity are summer staples and Xcel Energy is offering some tips to help customers find relief from the heat and their bills this season.

Home cooling can account for about half of a summertime electric bill and the best way to keep that bill from climbing too high is to practice some basic conservation and efficiency habits that can keep you cool without stressing your budget.

Follow these simple tips to get the most out of your cooling:

  • Raise the thermostat setting from 72 to 78 degrees, providing a savings of up to $100 over the course of the summer
  • Install a programmable thermostat that raises the setting when the house is empty, and lowers it to a comfortable level when everyone comes home
  • Use ceiling fans to help circulate cool air through the home
  • Open interior doors to improve the circulation of cool air inside
  • Use a whole-house or attic fan to draw in cool nighttime air and push out hot air during the day
  • Change air conditioning filters
  • Close drapes and blinds during the heat of the day

You can also make a couple adjustments to help lower your overall bill:

  • Turn off unnecessary lighting and replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs, which use 75 to 80 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last 25 percent longer
  • Run washing machines, dishwashers and clothes dryers with full loads after the heat of the day, which helps keep the house cooler and reduces strain on the local grid

Xcel Energy has more tips for saving money and energy at its website, www.xcelenergy.com.

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Information from Xcel Energy
June 2017