Switching can help to keep bills down this summer

Turning up your air conditioner a couple of degrees and comparing electricity suppliers could save you money this summer  16000646 800471894 0 0 14019913 300

Summer is officially with us - and that means families are going to be switching on air conditioners to keep out the summer heat, potentially resulting in increased electricity charges.

Energy usage during the holiday season also tends to be higher as people spend time at home, have family over and light up the Christmas tree.

'Tis also the season to go swimming in the backyard swimming pool, and anyone who has one of these knows the amount of electricity eaten up by the pump that cleans out the water.

But the holiday season does not have to be the massive burden you imagine.

There are steps you can take to reduce the amount of electricity you use to keep cool and celebrate Christmas that will not have a major impact on your enjoyment.

One of these is to change your thermostat by a couple of degrees.

Air conditioners function well when set to temperatures in the low to mid 20s - and this is generally a comfortable indoor temperature.

Opting for a mild temperature rather than a cooler setting makes very little difference to your lifestyle but can save you money.

The same goes for lowering the thermostat on your water heater.

Other obvious tips are to only turn on the air conditioning in rooms you are actually using switch off appliances - including the TV, microwave and washers or dryers - when they are not needed.

Summer is a great time to review your bill and compare electricity suppliers.

A switching service can help you compare contacts and choose one that suits your family's needs without charging you unnecessarily.

Posted by Charlie Moore