Keep your head in the game with these important tips before hot weather busts your energy-usage bracket.

Did you know that heating and cooling your home accounts for half of your total electric bill? You can win big by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer and using a fan to circulate the air to make you feel cooler. And, don’t forget to replace your air filters regularly and get your A/C unit serviced every year.

Bench wasted kilowatts around the house by following an energy-saving game plan.

• Close curtains and shades on the sunny side of your home to block out the heat and open them on the shady side to take advantage of the free light source.

• Turn down your water heater setting to 120 degrees. Don’t forget to turn the water heater off if you are going to be gone for longer than three days.

• Set your refrigerator at 40 degrees and let food cool before putting it in the fridge.

• Wash full loads of clothes and use cold water when possible, and only run the dishwasher when it’s completely full.

• On hot days, avoid using appliances that create additional heat and humidity.

Check out these usage stats about your home.

Home Energy Use
Home Energy Use