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Cutting summertime energy costs

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 19 2013 08:06:02 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 08:06:13 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

Energy bills often rise with the temperature but here are some useful tips to save a little money.

"Some of the quick fixes are caulking around your doors and windows, of course you don't want the air to come in or come out" says Joe Welsh with The Home Depot.

Installing motion sensors to your rooms will turn the lights on when you walk in, and off when you leave.

Programmable thermostats and LED lightbulbs also cut back on energy bills.

"Replace your incandescents, which are so hot and use so much energy, you can save 85% on these" Welsh says.

Changing air filters every month and making sure your ceiling fans spin in a counter-clockwise motion help too.

If you're looking for more of an investment that will save you big, think about replacing windows or doors. Many newer windows and doors have insulation built in.

Welsh says installing new windows can save you up to $465 every year on your electricity bill.

You should also check your attic for insulation. Installing or even adding to your current insulation can save you a lot of money every year.

It's important to shop around for the energy provider that's best for you. Compare providers side-by-side at http://powertochoose.org/.