Saving money on your energy bills

July 3, 2012 5:11:19 AM PDT
ComEd's 'Energy Doctor' and Senior Vice President Fidel Marquez visited ABC7 to share tips for staying cool in the heat:

Lights out
Turn off unused lighting and appliances. Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs, which use about 75 percent less energy.

Be a grill guru
Use an outdoor grill or microwave to prepare meals. Run appliances, such as ovens, dishwashers and clothes dryers, in the early morning or late evenings.

Stay cool
Keep home thermostats at a constant, comfortable level (75-78 degrees). Keep blinds and curtains closed and use fans to reduce air conditioners' energy usage and place air conditioners in shady areas.

Keep away Move lamps and televisions away from the thermostat, the heat they generate can cause air conditioners to work harder.

Get paid to save
Use energy-efficient appliances which use less energy than older models. ComEd will pick up and recycle older refrigerators or freezers in good, working condition and pay customers $35 for each appliance. Schedule online or call 1-888-806-2273.