YAKIMA, Wash. - The best way to keep your power bill in check this summer is to use less power. The easiest way to do that is to turn up your thermostat.
78 degrees is recommended, if that's still comfortable for you. In triple digit temperatures you have no choice but to use your air conditioner, so keeping it running efficiently is your best bet.
You can start by cleaning it, wiping dirt off of the outside of the unit. Keep your air conditioner's filters clean too, and change them regularly. Also, make sure your home is well-insulated, that's just as important in the summer as it is in the winter. It's also a good idea to get your air conditioning unit checked out by a professional every few years.
You can even set your thermostat up to four degrees higher than 78 if you have a ceiling fan or portable fan in an area of your home that you spend a lot of time.
Lastly, work on the amount of of heat you generate in your home. Turn on vents when you cook or shower, and try not to use heat-producing appliances, like ovens and dishwashers, during the hottest part of the day.