As summer creeps around the corner and temperatures continue to rise, your utility bills are about to get higher.
Beginning June 1, Lubbock Power & Light customers will see an average 9.7% rate increase on their monthly bills. That's about $7 to $10 more per month for the average customer.
Triple digits are in the forecast, so energy-saving experts say the most important thing you need to think about is your air filter.
"If you don't change it regularly,, your compressor is going to be sitting there working harder and harder," said Ron Felty, Assistant Manager at Home Depot.
"Your air conditioner compressor is a 220 volt, so you'll be using that much more energy," Felty said.
Felty says changing an air filter is easy and more importantly, it will not put a dent in your wallet.
Dust and pollen will be blowing this time of year, so air filters can clog up fast. So Felty says it's important to check them once a month. Just remember to get the right size.
And be on the lookout for leaky windows. Felty suggests that you walk around the outside of your house. If you can feel wind coming out of your windows, it's time to get some caulking.
"Silicone caulk allows you to fill up the cracks. It allows flexibility with the change of weather. Where you use your regular latex caulk, it'll sit there and it'll crack," Felty said.
With silicone caulk, you don't have to caulk it as often, so you're getting more bang for your buck.
Tip number three is get energy-efficient light bulbs. Take out all the old light bulbs (incandescent and CFL) in your house and replace them with LED light bulbs.
"An LED light will use 85% less than an incandescent bulb and 50-percent less than a CFL bulb," Felty said.
These improvements may cost more money up front, but Felty, but in the long run, you'll be saving a lot more money and energy.
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