Stay Cool and Save

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

So far this summer, the heat is not taking a break. If you keep the air conditioners blasting, your energy bills might be racking up.

David Meeder with Michigan Energy Options says there's a compromise that can help you save. He recommends setting the thermostat on your air conditioner to 78 degrees and also turning on a fan while the air conditioner is running to help you stay cool.

"Anywhere from 3% to 5% you'll either save or add to your bill by going up one degree or going down one degree on your thermostat," said Meeder.

When you can, use the microwave instead of the stove, grill your food outside and find an alternative to the dryer.

"If you have an outdoor clothesline, you might want to hang them up right now and take advantage of the free energy and not add that extra heat into your house," said Meeder.

If you're planning on buying a new air unit., look out for the Energy Star label and pay attention to the Seer rating.

"It's kind of like miles per gallon on your car. It'll help you compare it to other units and look for the higher the number the more efficient the air conditioner," said Meeder.

Also, contact your energy provider to check if there are any rebates available for new cooling devices.

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