· Set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer. For every degree below that, you can expect up to a 4 percent increase in energy costs.
· Set the thermostat up to 3 degrees higher when you’re away from home for extended times.
· Use a ceiling or area fan to make the air feel up to 6 degrees cooler.
· Change your air filters every month or pleated filters every three months to maximize your cooling system efficiency. Dirty filters restrict airflow.
· Keep air vents clear of any obstructions, like furniture or drapes.
· Keep your blinds closed or curtains shut during the day to keep out heat from the sun.
· Clear outside units of nearby plants or trash for proper airflow.
· Avoid using appliances that give off heat during the hottest times of the day. Do your cooking, washing and drying clothes in the morning or in the late evening.
· Caulk and weather strip doors and windows to stop air leaks to lower your bill by up to 10 percent.
· Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees to save money on energy.
Source: Georgia Power Company