5 Ways To Cut Back On Summer Utility Bills

From sports activities to gatherings with family and friends, the summer season offers multiple opportunities for outdoor fun. When outdoor temperatures skyrocket, however, there a few things more refreshing than retreating to an air-conditioned indoor environment. Unfortunately, increasing the use of your air conditioner drives up your energy bills too. When sweltering summer temperatures send you indoors for relief, these five tips can help you save money on your monthly utility bills.

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1. Install Energy-Efficient Windows

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), energy-efficient window replacements can pay for themselves through savings on your heating and cooling costs. Energy-saving features like double glazing and low-emissivity (low-E) coatings significantly reduce the amount of heat that standard windows conduct into homes. Double-paned windows with inert gases injected into the space between the two panes of glass are particularly effective at blocking heat from flowing into interiors. Replace your old drafty windows with high efficiency models, and you can expect to cut your energy bills by up to 15 percent or more, according to the DOE. Windows installed in 2013 also qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $200.

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