As summer temperatures increase, you can save money and energy and still beat the heat by following a few simple tips:

  • Close window blinds and drapes to prevent heat gain from the sun
  • Use a programmable thermostat to regulate home temperature when you’re at home and away
  • Reduce cooling costs by setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible
  • Don’t set the thermostat to a colder setting than normal to get it cooler quicker – it doesn’t work!
  • Using a ceiling fan and A/C allows you to set your thermostat four degrees higher and still feel as cool
  • Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room – fans cool people with a breeze, not rooms
  • Use bathroom ventilating fans to remove heat & humidity from your home

To learn more about staying cool this summer while saving energy and money, visit the “Stay Cool, Save Money” section of, a consumer-geared website of the U.S. Department of Energy.