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Summer weather is both loved and hated for its unpredictability. For some households, it’s not uncommon to switch the thermostat from the heater to the air conditioner in one day! Unfortunately, all that switching racks up a hefty electric bill, and that is no way to begin your summer.

Luckily for you, Dish has learned some useful tips to help you save energy and money for your wallet. They are simple, and cost effective and most importantly, good for the environment!

1. Replace the air filters in your air conditioning system

You’ll find that you’ll breathe easier after the old filter screen has been swapped out for a new one. Pet hair, dust, and lint build up faster than most people realize, so it’s wise to replace your air filter at least once a month or whenever you see it getting grey and fuzzy. All that fuzziness creates a barrier that clean, cool air cannot get through, so your AC pumps harder, and then your bill gets larger.

2. Clean the Outdoor Unit

Remember that giant metal box alongside your house that made all those loud buzzing noises, and was really fun to play on as a kid? Well, it’s actually dangerous to play on, and it’s also something that is supposed to be kept clean of debris and other obstructions. It’s called an outdoor unit and it works better when there is nothing around to get stuck in it. Imagine that?!

3. Keep it Warm

Sometimes it pays to try to enjoy that summer heat (thinking of winter’s ice and frigid temperatures might help). The higher your thermometer reads the better bang you get for your buck. The US department of Energy calculates that for every degree you raise the setting, you’ll save one percent on the cost of running the air conditioner.

4. Why Keep an Empty House Cool?stay cool this summer

Chances are you are going to be spending a lot of time out of the house now that summer is here,  and all those very-inviting pools will be open. Save your pennies for poolside popsicles instead of keeping your home's walls from sweating when you’re not there. So before you head out, turn the thermostat up five or so degrees. You can also install a programmable thermostat that will automatically turn up the the temperature at night. 

5. Lamps and Thermostats

Thermostats are more sensitive than most people realize. If there is a lamp standing next to the thermostat, the device will sense the heat, causing the air conditioner to come on more frequently. Then the unit runs more than it needs to and you double your electric bill without realizing it. It’s something that could easily be overlooked, but it certainly makes $$$ & cents. (Like that pun?)

6. Hot things make heat

When the forecast promises scorching temperatures, it makes sense not to have the oven on, but the same goes for appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher and dryer. They create heat and humidity too, and that puts more strain on your poor air conditioner that is already working long and hard to keep you cool all summer long.

Keep these tips in mind as you prepare yourself for the warm months ahead, and remember that a little sweat is not a bad thing.

Energy saving tips courtesy of NES, the Nashville Electric Service / Issue 148 - September 2018
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