Although it may be tempting to set your thermostat at a low temperature when the summer heat rolls in, doing so could be a waste of both money and energy. Instead, set your thermostat as high as is comfortable for you during the warm months to save on your electric bill. To make this more bearable, consider turning on a fan while the air conditioner is running.
"I live in the southwest and can keep my air conditioner set at about 79 or even 80 degrees, and if my ceiling fans are on, it's very comfortable," says Jones. "Fans really do make a difference in air flow and comfort."
You should also consider keeping your home warmer than usual when you are away, then lowering the thermostat only when you're home. To make the process easier, you can purchase a programmable thermostat, which you can set to automatically adjust the temperature at different times of the day. For a high-tech version, consider Honeywell's Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
, which allows you to control your home's cooling system from your smartphone.
"What's great about programmable thermostats is that if used properly, you can save up to 30% on your home's heating and cooling bills," says Jones.