COOL DOWN The five tips to lower your energy bill during a heat wave and it won’t cost you extra

According to the US Energy Information Administration, residential electricity costs will rise by 4.8 percent from the summer before.

But when the weather becomes hotter, there are a few simple ways to reduce those rising costs.

Here are five suggestions to help you spend less on electricity during the summer.

When unused electronics or appliances are plugged in, they use energy and raise your energy cost.

The simplest solution to reduce your monthly energy costs is to simply adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees. This precise temperature can prevent warm air from getting in and cool air from departing.

Although some utility companies have distinct definitions, on-peak hours and off-peak hours are commonly used to classify use periods.

Simply closing your blinds or curtains is another easy tip for keeping your house cooler during the hottest times of the day.

Residents can save money by using certain types of bulbs, but how much depends on the wattage of the bulbs they choose.