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6. Cook outdoors
Cooking in the kitchen puts a big drain on your air-conditioning system because of what it needs to do to offset the heat that’s generated when you use your stove and oven. In fact, if you run your oven this automatically raises the temperature in your kitchen by at least two to four degrees. You can cut your electric bill by planning some cold meals such as sandwiches or veggie or pasta salads. If eating cold doesn't particularly appeal to you, then fire up the grill. Prep the chicken, steaks, burgers or fish in the kitchen, then take them outside and pop them on the grill. You'll save money while getting to enjoy those nice, cool summer evenings.
7. Wash your clothes in cold water
Believe it or not you can wash almost all of your clothes in cold water. When you do this you not only cut your energy cost by as much as 90% you can toss in both your whites and colors without having to worry about colors bleeding into any white items. That's a risk only with hot water settings. When you're washing clothes, you could go a bit further to but your electric bill and not use the dryer. Instead, hang everything on a clothesline or with hangers so that they air dry. It will take longer than if you use your dryer but with temperatures now up into the 90s it won't take as long as you might imagine.