Don’t let the summer temperatures sneak up on you! Save a little cash this summer using these 5 easy tips and tricks to help lower energy costs!

1. Every Degree Counts

Set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees in the summer months. Every degree lower can raise your bill as much as 3 percent! A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. If you spend most of your day outside of the house, set your thermostat to automatically shut off the AC when you’re away. Heating and cooling systems are the biggest electricity users in a house.

2. Use Fans and Vents To Keep Cool

Use fans to cool off, but remember – fans cool people, not rooms! Ceiling fans, box fans, and oscillating fans use very little electricity and circulate the air, which helps you feel several degrees cooler. Just remember to turn them off when you leave the room. When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home.

3. Keep Your HVAC Running Smoothly

Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary. Vacuum registers regularly to remove any dust buildup. Ensure that furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through your registers.

4. Use Windows To Your Advantage

Close blinds, shades, and curtains to keep the sun out and the cool air in. Seal cracks and holes around doors, windows and ductwork. Weather stripping and caulk will help keep the cold air inside the house and the hot air outdoors. Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows. Find out about window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.

5. Be Mindful of appliances and lighting

Be aware of the little things that will produce heat inside your home. Some things include running a computer, burning open flames, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home.