I am one of the lucky ones to have a utility company that offers practical, readable advice in its mailings and on its Web site. In the June newsletter, there is a short piece about conserving energy and helping keep energy costs down during the summer months. Some of the good suggestions include: use dishwashers, clothes washers and pool filters during off-peak hours (usually between 8:00 p.m. and 10 a.m.); hang clothes outside to dry and set air conditioning temperatures to 76 degrees. For a longer list of ideas, check out “Summer Energy Saving Tips”.

Credit: Town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts