Some tips to help save on your electric bill these hot days

During times of extreme heat like this, that electric bill can become quite a shock. Here are a few tips to help you save a few bucks on that next electric bill.

Information brought by Tennessee Valley Authority and EnergyRight Solutions

  • Keep it clean when the sun goes down. Refrain from running your dishwasher, clothes washer or dryer during the heat of the day.
  • Filter it out. Make sure your air conditioner filter is clean—a dirty filter means the air conditioner won’t get as cool and uses more power than necessary.
  • Mom was right…shut those doors! Try to minimize the amount of times you open and shut your main doors leading outside to keep the cool air in. The same theory includes the refrigerator door.
  • Do a fan dance. Use ceiling and floor fans to keep air moving in your home—they use a lot less power than setting your air conditioner lower.
  • Unplug to power down. Unplug any unused or unnecessary electronic devices—even when turned off, they still are generating heat if they’re plugged in.
  • Cut your cord to the old appliances. Got an old additional fridge out in the garage or basement that you’re still using? Consider letting that sentimental dinosaur go…it’s still inefficient.
  • Lighten up. Make that switch to more energy-efficient light bulbs. You’ll save money, and—bonus—they put off less heat!
  • A slightly warmer house equals less sizzle on your budget. Setting your thermostat between 75-78 degrees during the day (even higher if no one is home) can make a significant difference in your power bill.
  • Made in the shade. Create your own shade by keeping curtains closed during the day on the south, west, and east sides of the house to block out sunlight.
  • Kiss the hot cook goodbye. Plan menus ahead of time for meals that require less range or oven heat. Consider using the microwave instead…it cooks faster and doesn’t create as much heat as stovetop cooking.
  • Or, get out of the house. Consider using your gas or charcoal grill outside for cooking rather than kitchen appliances.