August 09, 2022

Easy energy saving tips can help combat rising costs


Inflation is hitting many consumers’ pocketbooks this year, and utilities are helping customers stay ahead of the high costs by providing ways to reduce energy use over the summer months.

The following tips can reduce energy use and keep bills in check:

  • Get a professional air conditioner tune-up and replace dirty filters. A well-working air conditioner can save 5-15% on cooling costs.
  • Close shades and blinds during the day to block some of the sun’s warmth.
  • Set thermostats to 76 degrees when home, and 80 degrees when away.
  • Install smart thermostats to help with temperature control. Check with your local utility to see if you qualify for a bill credit, or contact Focus on Energy to see if incentives are available.
  • Run ceiling fans counterclockwise to create a cool breeze. Air movement can make a room feel four degrees cooler.
  • Switch out incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, which use less energy and give off less heat.
  • Only run dishwashers when full and turn off the dry cycle, allowing dishes to air dry instead.
  • Hang clothes outside to dry on a line when practical, instead of using the clothes dryer.
  • Sign up for MyAccount if offered by your utility to manage energy use and set notification alerts for new bills and high usage trends.