CONSUMER TIP: How to save money on your electric bill this summer

CONSUMER TIP: How to save money on your electric bill this summer - Thursday 6 a.m.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Entergy and the LaHouse Resource Center are sharing tips to save consumers money on their utility bills this summer.

LaHouse Resource Center is a demonstration house serving as a showcase for homeowners to learn how to make a house more energy efficient.

"It's an educational exhibit that shows a range of ways to balance and integrate the benefits that we can have with technology if we just know about them," said Dr. Claudette Riechel, the director of LaHouse. "So it's to get higher energy efficiency and comfort in the home. Better indoor air quality, a healthier home and also a more durable home that's also hazard resistant against hurricanes, termites and floods."

Entergy shares some cost-free tips to save money.

  • Set your thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees or to the medium setting. This allows you to save energy and it is efficient enough for your dishwasher and also for washing clothes.
  • If you use the oven to prepare meals, consider cooking during early morning or evening hours when the temperature outside is not so high. This will help keep the house cool during the day. Consider using other appliances like a Crockpot too.
  • Get your air conditioner unit inspected once a year, every year. This will help with energy efficiency.
  • Consider keeping your thermostat set at 78 degrees or above because any degree set below 78 increases your electric bill by 3 percent.
  • Make sure to keep your blinds closed in every room to keep the room as cool as possible.
  • If you're using the ceiling fan, make sure it's turning counterclockwise to help cool off the room faster.

Entergy also has a website where you can find out how to save more money room by room HERE.

LaHouse suggests these tips that will cost you initially but will save you money in the long run.

  • Make sure the ducts in your attic are properly sealed. The typical home loses 30 sometimes 50 percent of all the cooling through duct leaks. You can use a product like mastic to make sure it holds better and retains cool air.
  • If you are shopping for new appliances or replacing old ones, look for items with the Energy Star Guide or label.
  • Consider using LED lightbulbs. Compact, florescent and LED lights not only use about a third to a fourth of the energy of incandescents, they put out that much less heat. They save on your air conditioning as well as directly with energy efficiency and they last longer.
  • Consider switching out the type of screening on your windows. You can purchase special screening with a tighter weave or you can do it yourself with a little spline.
  • You can also apply solar film on your windows. This product stops the heat from going through the glass and keeping it out of your home.
  • Consider beefing up the insulation on your attic floor. This could save you money during the summer and winter.

LaHouse will have an Open House to celebrate its 10 year anniversary since the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event will take place at 2858 Gourrier Ave, across from Alex Box Stadium, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.

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