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AnitaGinsburg posted a blog entry in Anita Ginsburg's BlogThe summer season is upon us, and it's time to make a plan for cutting back on your energy usage. The average household can spend hundreds of dollars extra each month during the warmer months. There are some easy tips you can incorporate to keep your hard-earned cash in your wallet. Use a Programmable Thermostat A programmable thermostat, or sometimes called a smart thermostat, is a fantastic and energy-efficient tool. You'll be able to program the thermostat to when the house is empty or during sleeping hours. Without the hassle of manually adjusting the thermostat, your home will run more efficiently. Check for Complete Insulation Air that escapes through cracks and other openings in your home makes it more challenging to ventilate. Caulk and weather-stripping are simple and effective to reduce your energy bill during the summer drastically. Check your doors and window frames to fill any holes. You can also have a wall insulation service check out the interiors of your home for the greatest efficiency. Use Your Blinds or Drapes Using blinds or drapes will put a lot less strain on your air conditioner. A good idea is to start to open them up once the sun begins to set. This way, you'll be able to take advantage of the natural sunlight and save money at the same time. Remember the Refrigerator With the warmer temperatures, your refrigerator will need to work harder to cool your food. Dirty refrigerator coils will not allow your refrigerator to diffuse heat properly or run effectively. Give them a thorough cleaning with a stiff brush and a vacuum in the late spring. Also, keep your fridge stocked with food because there will be less space to cool. Use Cold Water for the Laundry Since your kids will be outside playing, you're likely to do a lot more loads of laundry when it is hot out. Wash your clothes on the coldest setting to save a lot of money on your energy bills. A more lukewarm shower is not only refreshing, but it can save money during the hot and humid summer days. Start Unplugging Phone chargers, televisions, and other small electronics use more energy than you think. Unplug them before you hit the hay, and you will be surprised how much lower your energy usage will be. Challenge yourself to lower your energy usage this summer. As the dollars begin to pile up, think about putting that money towards your next summer vacation.