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10 Tips to Cut Energy Costs as Temperatures Soar

Summer's officially here and it's going to be a HOT one! Here's a few tips to help families save money on their electric bill.

With temperatures in Middle Tennessee soaring, Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) has provided several recommendations to help members reduce their energy usage and save money on their electric bills.

10 Tips to Cut Energy Costs this Summer:

1. Nudge the thermostat up

Keep your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature, ideally between 76 and 78 degrees. This reduces cooling costs by minimizing the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures.

2. Replace HVAC filter regularly

Change your HVAC air filters regularly, preferably once a month. Dirty filters can raise energy costs due to operational inefficiency and will affect the lifespan of your HVAC unit. Unless you have a longer-life filter, experts recommend replacing air filters once a month. Changing your filter when you pay your electric bill is an easy way to remember.

3. Turn off unnecessary lights

Lights emit heat, which can increase room temperatures and make your cooling system work harder.

4. Use blinds and drapes

Close blinds or drapes during the day, especially on southern and western-facing windows, to block out the sun’s heat.

5. Run ceiling fans counterclockwise

This direction pushes air straight down, making the room feel cooler by 3-4 degrees. Remember to turn them off when you leave a room.

6. Minimize use of stoves and ovens

These appliances can significantly raise kitchen temperatures. Opt for an outdoor grill, slow cooker or microwave instead.

7. Schedule heat-producing chores

Perform cooking, cleaning, ironing, and laundry during cooler early morning or evening hours.

8. Reduce indoor humidity

Use a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels, making the air feel cooler and reducing the load on your AC.

9. Maintain HVAC systems

HVAC units can account for more than 50% of your energy use. Regular maintenance and seasonal tune-ups ensure your HVAC system operates efficiently, saving energy and money.

10. Install programmable thermostats

These devices can automatically adjust temperatures for optimal comfort and energy savings, especially when the house is empty.
MTE offers a Levelized plan to help members manage their monthly electric bills more predictably. This option can be particularly beneficial during periods of extreme temperatures, such as the hot summer months, when energy usage can spike. For more information on the Levelized plan, go to mte.com/myEnergyPlan or call 877-777-9020 to speak with a representative who can explain the details of the program and assist with enrollment.

Find more tips to but energy costs here. For more information, visit mte.com.

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.