With utility bills climbing during the hot summer weather, some simple steps could help to cut home energy use.
Average utility bills in Wisconsin are up significantly this summer, due largely to hot weather forcing people to leave air conditioners running. Scott Reigstad with Alliant Energy says that could get people thinking about ways to save money, while also trying to stay cool.
He says setting back thermostats when you’re not at home or sleeping or using a programmable thermostat can be a major factor in controlling your energy use. He says ceiling fans can also get cool air circulating and allow thermostats to be set higher.
For those using window or wall units, Reigstad suggests picking up a timer from your local hardware store to control how often it runs.
Proper maintenance is also essential for all types of AC units. Reigstad says you should schedule annual check-ups and change the filters.
Keeping blinds closed during the day and leaving the oven off can also cut back on how often the AC needs to run.