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INDIANAPOLIS — It’s going to be hot this weekend, but there are some easy, low- to no-cost ways you can prepare for summer’s heat.

High temperatures can lead to higher energy usage and bills as people try to stay cool.

Following these tips will help you manage your energy use (and help keep you cool):

Change Air Filters Regularly

  • A dirty air filter makes an HVAC system work harder, which uses more energy.

Set Your Thermostat At the Highest Comfortable Setting

  • The smaller the difference between the inside and outside temperatures the lower your energy usage and power bill will be.

Close blinds, drapes, and curtains during the hottest part of the day.

  • Keeping your blinds, drapes, and curtains closed will help prevent the sun’s rays from heating your house.

Use a ceiling fan in occupied rooms to supplement your air conditioning.

  • Make sure the fans are set to operate in a counterclockwise direction to push cool air down into living spaces.

Grill Outdoors

  • Using your electric oven and stovetop creates a lot of outdoor heat. Help save energy by firing up the grill or prepare meals that don’t require cooking.

Turn Off Unnecessary Lights

  • Be sure to turn off lights when you leave a room. Light emits heat and causes your air conditioning system to work harder.