If just the thought of easing up on the air conditioning in the middle of a summer heat wave makes you sweat, consider this trick to save electricity: Go outside.
- Spend weekend days outdoors. Before you leave the house for the day, turn the a/c up a few degrees. No need to keep your house super-cool if you’re not going to be in it.
- Turn all of the lights and electronics off before you head outdoors, even for a little while.
- Don’t cook on your stove or in your oven. Grill outdoors; prepare big salads; pack a picnic; or order in.