With outdoor temperatures running sky-high lately, more people will be running their air conditioning units, which leads to a considerable increase in electricity and higher electric bills.

WWLP/22 News out of Springfield has some tips on saving you money:

1.  Close your blinds if your windows are closed.

2. Try to raise your air conditioning thermostat as high as you can tolerate. When you leave for the day, turn the thermostat up higher.

3. To give your A/C unit a break, if you live in a two-story house or apartment, leave the windows open on the lower level, and use fans in your home’s upper level. 

4. In a single-story home or apartment, close windows near a fan you’re using, and open windows in rooms that are far from the fan.

These are just some of the ways that you can save money on your next electric bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using just one of these tips can save you as much as 10% on your electric bill.

For more great money saving tips, check out the story from WWLP/22 News here. Thanks for the tips, folks!