8 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Costs

These simple steps can help you save money on your electric bill this summer.

As the temperature outside rises so might your electric bill. You don't want to melt, but you also don't want to spend hundreds of dollars each month during the summer running the air conditioner to keep cool. “The energy used to cool a home in the summer can account for half of monthly electric bills,” said Duke Energy’s Smart Saver product manager Nathan Cranford. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to keep cooling costs under control. Here are tips from Duke Energy, the nation's largest electric company, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.