Nonprofit credit counseling agency shares ideas for saving money on

electricity, cooking, laundry and more

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sun and sand, amusement parks, road trips and good times are all summer

hallmarks. But as temperatures climb, so do household bills, putting a

damper on the fun.

“Summer can be expensive, especially in hot climates where energy use

skyrockets,” said Michael Sullivan, a personal finance consultant with

Take Charge America, a national

simple changes to your routine, you can stop worrying about high energy

bills and enjoy your summer.”

Sullivan offers cool tips to save money in the hot summer months:

Air Conditioning



  • Program your thermostat to ensure maximum efficiency on your
    AC. Set it higher than normal during summer and consider increasing it
    further when you’re away at work or on vacation.


  • Move lamps or TV sets away from thermostat. It senses heat from
    these appliances and may trigger your AC to run longer than necessary.


  • Use ceiling fans, window units or area fans to keep your home
    breezy.


  • Draw the blinds during the day, especially on the sunny side of
    your house.


  • Clean your filters and consider an AC audit to ensure
    your unit is operating efficiently.


  • Keep air vents clear of obstructions.


  • Shut windows during hot days but open them on cool nights
    to allow air to circulate. In the morning, close them again to trap
    the cool air from the previous night.


  • If you’re planning to spend the evening in one part of the house, shut
    doors
    to avoid cooling other rooms.

Cooking



  • Skip the oven, which heats up your house and requires your AC
    to work harder.


  • Plan no-cook meals – like salads and sandwiches – to save
    energy.


  • Run the dishwasher when it’s full – a half-empty machine uses
    the same amount of water and power – and skip the drying function.


  • Clean your freezer coils to help your freezer run efficiently
    and check the gaskets to ensure it isn’t leaking air.

Laundry



  • Wash clothes in cold water, and only do full loads.


  • Hang your laundry to save on energy.


  • If you must use the dryer, do back-to-back loads since your
    machine is already warm.

Power



  • Enroll in your power company’s peak hours program and save
    energy-sucking chores for off-peak hours.


  • Unplug devices that aren’t in use. Chargers, cable boxes and
    toasters can drain power even when they’re “off.”


  • Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees and consider insulating
    your
    water tank to reduce standby heat losses.


  • Use the bathroom ventilating fan when you take a shower to suck
    away heat and humidity.


  • Seal cracks and or add weather-stripping around leaky doors and
    windows.

For more tips or information about budgeting, credit counseling, debt

relief or student loans, visit takechargeamerica.org

or call (866) 528-0588.

About Take Charge America, Inc.

Founded in 1987, Take Charge America, Inc. is a nonprofit agency

offering financial education and counseling services including credit

counseling, debt management, student loan counseling, housing counseling

and bankruptcy counseling. It has helped more than 1.6 million consumers

nationwide manage their personal finances and debts. To learn more,

or call (888) 822-9193.

Contacts

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Andrea Aker, 602-339-7339