(WICHITA, Kan.) —
Energy bills are rising as people around the state are trying to beat the heat by cranking up the air conditioner.
In an effort to save money during the summer, the Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat at 78 degrees and setting it even warmer when you leave.
Resist the urge to set the dial to a chilly temperature to cool down a hot room as it won’t make a room colder any faster.
Put appliances like TV’s and lamps away from thermostats because they can absorb the heat and make your air conditioner work more than necessary.
A hot water heater can account for as much as 25% of the energy used in your home, so turn the setting down during the hot summer months.
Other cooling tips include cooking with the microwave instead of the oven, running the dishwasher only when you have a full load and turning off the television when you are not watching.