Temperatures are rising and so will your electric bill this summer.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the typical U.S. residential electricity bill to go up nearly 5-percent this summer. 

We have some tips on saving on your bill without sacrificing comfort:

  • Keep the shades drawn during the heat of the day 
  • Use the microwave or cook outside on the gas grill instead of the oven
  • Running a ceiling fan or box fan will allow you to raise the thermostat or even do without AC on milder days

And if you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of it, so you're not fully cooling the house when you're not home.