It's starting to get hot, which means higher bills from running the air conditioner. I always dread this time of year. Especially when I see the electric bill in the mail. 

The U.S. Department of Energy's website says heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home - typically making up about 54 percent of your utility bill.

The Department of Energy offers the following tips to save money on cooling. 

Set the programmable thermostat as high as is comfortable. Raise it when you're away from  home.

Clean or replace filters once a month.

Keep window coverings closed during the day to block the sun's heat.