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5 tricks to help keep your budget cool this summer

Posted on July 1, 2019

You made it. The summer is yours. Whether you’re busy with a side gig or getting some time to veg out, you’ll want to stay cool in your apartment or new home.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to stay cool. Keep those high energy bills at bay with these tips.

1. Get smart (thermostat)

Smart thermostats allow you to remotely control the heat and air conditioning right from your phone. It’s about time, right? Setting up your smart thermostat to coordinate with when you’ll be home could end up saving you quite a bit of money in energy costs not only in the summer, but year-round.

2. Get spinning

Ceiling fans are great for cooling a room. If your ceiling fan has a reversible motor, make sure the blade is set to downward (counterclockwise) so it will cool the room more efficiently. You can also pick up inexpensive, portable fans to really keep your rooms cooler.

3. Night owls

Running the dishwasher, washing machine or dyer, or any other large appliances during the day can generate extra, unneeded heat. Save laundry and dishes for nighttime, and only when you have full loads.

4. Summer eats

Avoid using the stove or oven for dinner, as these will generate extra heat (especially if you’re in a smaller space). This is the perfect excuse to grill out with friends or family. Try getting creative with your microwave as well.

5. Light upgrades

If you haven’t already, upgrade to LED bulbs. Not only do these bulbs last for several years, they stay cool to the touch. This reduces heat and could also save you from having to frequently buy new bulbs.

Now get out there (or stay cool inside) and enjoy your summer. You’ve earned it.

WBRT-0008 (June 19)