The fact that almost half of the energy bill during summer comes from air conditioners, it is still possible to make our home’s energy bill lessen for the next summer season. How? Let’s take a look below for the Environmental Protection Agency’s tips on how to reduce our electric bill.

thermostatFirst, Use an Energy Star qualified light bulb because it produces 75% less heat than incandescent lighting.

Second, install a programmable thermostat for you to set the temperature of your home when no one is around.

Third, Use a ceiling fan and raise your thermostat by only 2 degrees so you can lower your cooling costs by up to 14%.

Fourth, Pull the curtains and shades closed before you leave your home to keep the sun’s rays from overheating the interior.

Fifth, reduce or avoid using your oven. Use microwave or toaster oven instead. Ovens take longer to cook food and can make your house warmer

Sixth, Check and clean your air filter every month and change it at least every 3 months.

Lastly, As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost to leaks and poor connections. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulate all the ducts that you can access

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