As summer temperatures begin to rise, so does the possibility of climbing utility bills.
To battle increasing costs while trying to stay cool at home, the United States Department of Energy offers a few simple solutions to stay comfortable, and not broke, this summer.
The best strategy to save money during the most recent heat wave simply involves turning up the temp by 10 to 15 degrees when no one is home, and setting it to a comfortable 78 degrees at night, the department states. The best way to do this, energy.gov suggests, is by purchasing and installing a programmable thermostat.
National studies state this approach can save as much as 5 to 15 percent on monthly energy bills.
Additional, energy.gov tips on how to keep a house cool in the summer include:
For more tips visit energy.gov .