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Experts explain tips for keeping your energy bill down this summer

Posted: 5:48 PM, Jun 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-07 18:48:49-04

As summer approaches, there’s a good chance your electric bill is getting more expensive.

But, there are some things you can do to combat the climb.

On average, air conditioning makes up half of your energy bill.

A few simple solutions can help keep your utility bill down.

"We’re talking about turning up the thermostat up a couple degrees or investing in a smart thermostat. Inspecting your filter once a month and, of course, changing your filter every one to two months," explained LUS Utilities Conservation Specialist Garrison Harrison. 

Ceiling fans can also keep you cool while using less electricity.

Also, make sure your doors and windows are sealed and your home is properly insulated. 

"Here, we have an example of what this newer fiberglass looks like. It has several millions of air pockets making it fluffy, and it has the resistant properties that the product is rated to. Here, we have an exaggerated example of what happens over the years. The air pockets have mostly collapsed, and the product is flat and, therefore, is not providing the efficiency it once had," said Garrison. 

Unplugging your appliance can prevent what is known as phantom power, which can save you around $100 a year.

"Electric ovens, microwave ovens, blenders, blow dryers, hair curling irons, TVs, VCRs because they’re plugged, but they’re not running. They’re still absorbing power by being plugged into the outlet," said Home Depot specialist Mark Thibodeaux. 

If available, keep track of your energy use through your online account for your electric company.