Consumer Watch: Beat the heat this summer

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM

(WHAS11) -- Do you start to sweat just thinking about what those summer temperatures are going to do to your energy bills?

There are inexpensive things you can do to cut down on costs and keep your home cooler. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has today’s Consumer Watch.

When temperatures rise, energy bills can jump up, but keeping cool this summer doesn't have to break your budget.

The Department of Energy has some tips to keep costs and temps lower this season.

First up, set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. Keep in mind that the smaller the difference between the temperature inside and outside, the less it will cost to cool your home and if you're not home, kick it up a few degrees more, programmable thermostats help make regulating easy.

No matter the kind of thermostat you have, make sure there are no lamps, televisions or computers that give off heat nearby.

If you have a central air conditioning system, get it serviced regularly to keep it working efficiently. If you have a window unit, make sure it's clean and not clogged with dust.

Switching up your daily routines can also help. Around the home skip the oven and use the microwave or grill to cook. Don't run the dishwasher or washing machine unless it's a full load and take showers instead of baths. You should also turn computers off when they're not in use.

If you're willing to spend a few bucks to make energy-efficient home improvements the internet is full of resources and tips from simple upgrades to landscaping and window choices that can make a big difference in your energy expenses. Over the long run, that investment can pay off.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into, send an e-mail to: consumerwatch@whas11.com. 

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