Experts offer tips to keep power bill low
TRI-CITIES, Wash. —
The hottest temperatures so far this summer are quickly approaching. People may think the best way to keep cool is to set their thermostats as low as they can go. Experts with Franklin PUD said while this is tempting, it can cause your power to increase.
Experts are offering some tips to help you stay cool while also keeping your bill down.
They recommend setting your thermostat to the highest temperature you can go to while still being comfortable. Franklin PUD shared that the smaller the difference between the temperatures in your home and outside, the lower your cooling bill will be.
Experts said setting it at a cooler temperature as soon as you turn your air conditioner on won't cool you home any quicker. However, it will still hike up your bill.
There are also some other things you can do in your home to save money.
"Something that is very effective is to close your blinds and window coverings during the warmest times of the day. The sun is shining and it's so nice out so it's tempting to have those open, but it really is effective to close those to prevent the sun from radiating into your home," said Communications Specialist with Franklin PUD, Stacey Azure.
Franklin PUD also recommends avoiding using your oven, dryers and dishwashers during the warmest parts of the day.
Officials also recommend turning down your water heater. They share that water heating can account for 14-25% of energy use. Turning your water heater down to 120 degrees can save you some money on your energy bill, according to Franklin PUD.