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Easy ways to keep electric costs down during hot days


With temperatures skyrocketing, you'd expect your utility bills to do the same.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some easy ways to save on energy.

First, be sure to close your blinds and shades. Direct sunlight will just keep rooms warm. Also, try not to use your stove or clothes dryer during the heat of the day. Wait until after sunset to use those appliances.

(Click here for "5 easy fixes for a high summer electric bill")

Bill Stalder with Adams Electrical Co-Op says you also need to beware of "vampire" electronics like computers, televisions and phone chargers.

"You know, a lot of those electronics use about as much electricity when turned off, as they do when you're in use," Stalder said. "So if at all possible, plug them into a power strip or simply unplug them when not being used."

Stalder also says you can also turn off all lights that you aren't using, because they can generate heat. And be sure to turn off your fans, if you aren't going to be in the room.

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