According to numbers released by the Citizens Utility Board, ComEd customers paid $64 million more in energy bills due to this year's heat wave. However, $50 million could have been saved simply through energy efficiency.
CUB recommends simple things such as using fewer lights and shutting off the coffee maker could add up to energy savings. Other energy saving tips include using Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL), drying clothes outside or on a drying rack instead of using the dryer, using window coverings during the day to keep out heat, and using smart power strips.
"Even in the hottest of summers, this analysis shows that there are many 'no-sweat' actions that could have helped ComEd customers make a $50 million difference on their power bills," CUB Environmental Outreach Coordinator Laura Goldberg said. "You can't control the weather, but you can control how you use electricity in your home."
More information can be found on CUB's website, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org.
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