Saving money is on everyone’s mind these days as people struggle with job setbacks and cut downs during the COVID-19 pandemic; one way to save a bit on your monthly expenses is by saving energy in your home.

One way to do it is by purchasing LED bulbs. LED lights actually save you money; they use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the “Energy Star,” ¬†you can save $45 each year.

Now that we’re in the heat of summer and our air conditioners are on 24 hours a day, here are a few tips to keep your big summer energy bills a bit lower:

  • Change your air filters monthly (this is easy to forget, but it can have a big effect on your bill).
  • Have your heating and air system serviced annually by a licensed professional.
  • Do not let weeds, leaves or other debris obstruct your outdoor air conditioning unit.
  • Keep all interior doors and air vents open.

Here are even more tips can help you according to Green Mountain Energy:

  • Seal gaps in windows, doors and air ducts.
  • Unplug infrequently-used electronics.
  • Keep your refrigerator well-stocked so it uses less energy to keep contents cold.
  • Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
  • Keep areas around vents clear of furniture, toys and clutter.