How to keep summer energy bills under control

by Tom Simplot

Jun 27, 2014

Arizona summers mean that the air conditioning remains on most of time, and our power bills go up. Many of our local power providers have plans to keep your electricity bills manageable. It's a great time to explore these programs.

Here are other ways to help reduce summer energy bills:

In the kitchen

• When cooking, turn on the vent hood to remove moisture and heat.

• Defrost frozen foods in the fridge in advance, rather than using the microwave.

• Consider preparing summer salads rather than heating up an oven or range.

Bathroom and bedroom

• Cool showers are a great way to beat the summer heat. Take a shorter shower. Decrease humidity in the bathroom, turn on the exhaust fan.

• Turn off appliances in the bathroom you aren't using.

• Unplug chargers when they are not in use.

Around the house

• Turn up the air-conditioning a few degrees during the day while you are away.

• When leaving a room, turn off unnecessary lights and appliances.

• Double check that doors and windows are closed (and locked if necessary) when the air-conditioning is running. Leaks under doors and through windows will cost you money. Contact your landlord or apartment manager if your windows need to be sealed.

• Close drapes. Keeping your apartment darker and not letting light in will keep your apartment cooler.

• Do laundry at night or weekends when rates are lower.

• Switch off the power strip on your computer to save energy. These plugged-in appliances are energy vampires.

• Use an overhead fan to keep the air moving.