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KPRC 2 Investigates Ways 2 Save: 5 things you can do to save $816 a year on energy costs

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HOUSTON – Summer electric bills in Texas are no joke. Our air conditioners are working overtime to cool our homes and that is just one reason our bills have doubled, even tripled, these last few months. But there are some “ways 2 save.”

We are looking into five simple changes you can make in your home that could shave nearly $70 off your bill every month. The changes could save you a total of $816 over a year. We used an energy use calculator from the Department of Energy to come up with these calculations. Our test is not an exact science, but we wanted to see how one family did implement some of these changes.

CAN SAVE: $36 A MONTH OR $432 A YEAR

With a family of four shelling out more for everything these days, Greg Geter said he already keeps the thermostat in his Kingwood home at 79 degrees when everyone is away.

“We try to be as efficient as we can,” said Geter.

The Department of Energy estimates running your A/C at 78 instead of 72 can save between 6 and 18%. On a $200 electric bill, that could be a decrease by as much as $36.

CAN SAVE: $8.33 A MONTH OR $99.96 A YEAR

You know to turn the lights off when you leave a room but there are some real energy hogs in your home you may not have even realized are driving up the cost of your electric bill.

You know to turn the lights off when you leave a room but there are some real energy hogs in your home you may not have even realized are driving up the cost of your electric bill.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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