#PSEGTips: The heat is on … here’s how to stay cool and save money

Hot and sticky weather can lead to more energy usage and higher electric bills – YUCK! To combat this, here are 10 easy ways to keep your cool and lower your bill.

 

Don’t waste your cool air in an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away. Smart thermostats can help you adjust your temperature so it’s perfect when you get home.

 

Keep your air inside: seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping.

 

Don’t have your AC work harder, make it work smarter. Replace air filters monthly, as dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.

 

Use a microwave or slow cooker instead of the oven. Better yet, grill outdoors.

 

Let your appliances take an afternoon snooze. Use them in the morning or evening when it’s cooler outside.

 

Give your hands a break and use that dishwasher, but be sure to run full loads and turn off the dry cycle to allow dishes to air dry instead – and that goes for laundry, too!

 

Wash laundry in cold water and let the sun do the drying for you.

 

Keep the sun’s heat out this summer by closing blinds and drapes.

Don’t cool unused rooms. Close the vents, the blinds and shut the door to keep the room as cool as possible without increasing your utility bill.

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Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning. So turn yours on (counterclockwise) and grab a seat in the breeze.

Find more ways to save with PSE&G’s Home Energy Toolkit.