Low-cost ways to lower your electric bill

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Heat indices are expected to exceed 100 degrees each afternoon this week. With many Mid-South families working from home or finding themselves pinching pennies, here are five low or no-cost tips to help keep your electric bill in check while trying to beat the heat.

  1. Make sure you keep your windows locked. This helps create a tighter seal against the weather stripping which helps keep the cool air in and the warm air out.
  2. Close your curtains and blinds. This can reduce your home’s heat gain by almost 40% by reflecting the sun’s solar radiation away from the house instead of absorbing it, much like light-colored clothing works.
  3. Use fans whenever possible. A ceiling fan can help a room feel almost 6 degrees cooler by creating a wind chill. That means you could set your thermostat a few degrees higher.
  4. Help keep your HVAC system running efficiently by replacing or cleaning air filters every 1-3 months. These are way more affordable than fixing a broken AC system.
  5. Put off chores that create a bunch of heat until later in the day. Things like using the dryer, dishwasher or stove generate a lot of heat and can put a strain on your AC system.

Put these tips into practice today. They will hopefully help keep your electric bill manageable.