Many people's utility bills skyrocket in the summer. Here are a couple of tips to reduce your energy bill-- none of which involve turning down the AC:
Hot clothes dryers pull a lot of energy, so be sure to remove clothes while they're still slightly damp and do one dryer load right after another to maximize the built-up heat from the prior load.
Reduce your hot-water heater setting. For every ten degrees, you can lower your power bill by five percent.
Cook with a microwave. Microwaves use up to 30% less energy than a traditional oven. Plus, they don't generate heat in the kitchen during warm weather
These money-savings tips come directly from Money Girl's 10 Steps to a Debt Free Life. The audiobook offers many more practical tips for reducing expenses and tells you the nine other steps you should take to start getting out of debt right now. For a free listen, click here.