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Keep your electric bill from sky rocketing


Because of COVID-19, you may be spending more time in your home. That may also mean you're spending more on energy bills. But Consumer Reports says it doesn't have to be that way.

Our homes have been working overtime for us these past several months. All those extra meals at home, dishwashing, heating preferences and it all adds up. Consumer Reports says a few small steps can keep your utility bills in check.

"Adjusting your thermostat settings is actually one of the simplest and most significant things you can do to keep your energy bills under control," Dan Wroclawski of Consumer Reports said. "Lower your thermostat by a few degrees when you have the heat running and raise it a few degrees when it gets warmer and you have the A/C running."

Consumer Reports says programmable or smart thermostats can make this lifestyle change easy, breezy.

There's a thermostat from Honeywell Home, which is a Consumer Reports' Best Buy at $90, and testers said installation is fairly straightforward. "Some other smart thermostats can actually adjust your temperature settings based on your activity and behavior," Wroclowski said.
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