8 Tips to Save on Summer Bills

PHOENIX — Summer is synonymous with fun in the sun, road tripping and unwinding by the pool. But›climbing temperatures also mean higher electric bills – and increased strain on the monthly budget. Increased energy use during the summer can cause utility costs to skyrocket, deflating your plans to have fun or relax,” says Michael Sullivan, a personal finance consultant with Take Charge America,›a national nonprofit credit counseling and debt management agency. “With a few simple changes to your routine, you can keep summer costs and stress to a minimum.”Sullivan offers eight tips to reduce utility costs during the summer months:

1. Keep up with regular HVAC maintenance.›Change the filter in your air conditioner once a month and have it inspected annually to identify any wear and tear that could cause performance issues.

2.Adjust your thermostat to meet your needs.›When no one is home, consider setting tem peratures 7-10 degrees higher. When you are home, set the thermostat at 78-80 degrees to keep comfortable.



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