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How to save money on energy expenses during the hot summer months

Posted at 6:22 AM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 11:39:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Temperatures will hit the upper 90s for the second straight day in the Kansas City area, bringing the first possible heat wave of the season.

Air conditioning units will work harder to keep houses cool, which could use more electricity and cost consumers more money on their monthly bill.

KCP&L said there are several changes you can make to save money in some parts of your home to help keep your bill low during scorching summer months. 

  • If you turn your thermostat up three degrees in the summer, KCP&L says you can save up to 20 percent on your bill.
  • Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home while you’re not there. Setting the temperature to a higher degree while no one is home will save money.
  • Refrigerators typically use the second most electricity (after A/C units) during the summer. Make sure yours is not next to the stove or oven, and clean the coils in older models to keep it running more efficiently.
  • Cable boxes and phone chargers can use power even when they’re plugged in, but not in use. KCP&L recommends using a power strip to cut off electricity to those items when you’re not using them.
  • Smart light bulbs allow you to dim and control lights remotely, which can save money. LED bulbs use less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and also don't emit the heat of incandescent bulbs. 

For a complete list of tips for every room of your house or apartment, click here.