Simple moves can ease scorching utility bills

Your thermostat is key to controlling temperature, costs


SAN ANTONIO – The heat is on, and so is your AC.

If you’re spending more time at home working, cooking and staying cool, that can scorch a hole in your wallet. So what can you do to chill your bills?

“Adjusting your thermostat settings is actually one of the simplest and most significant things you can do to keep your energy bills under control,” said Dan Wroclawski, home and tech writer for Consumer Reports.

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CPS Energy recommends you set your thermostat between 78 and 80 degrees in summer. If that’s too warm for you, adjusting even a couple of degrees can make a difference in your bill.

A programmable thermostat can help, and so can a smart thermostat.

“Some smart thermostats also offer wireless temperature sensors that detect motion in a room,” Wroclawski said. “That allows you to heat or cool a room only when it’s being used.”

Consumer Reports recommends the smart Nest Thermostat E for about $140.

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