During the warmer temperatures, Black Hills Energy offers tips to help you reduce the use of your air conditioning system in order to lower your energy bills.

RAPID CITY, SD – If it heats up outside, your air conditioner is likely to run hard to keep you cool, but there might be a way to stay cool and save some money.

Black Hills Energy is reminding the public of a few ways to save, including covering any sunny window with blinds, preferably a lighter color. They also recommend avoiding high energy consuming devices like a stove during the warm peak times of the day, and remember to set your thermostat to a manageable temperature.

Use your fans to your advantage, and even when your air conditioner isn’t on, fans are a great way to keep the temperature uniform throughout your home.

“If you have the option of running the fan in your house continuously, it helps to circulate the air. Similarly, using a fan to move the air in the winter will help keep your home a more average and even temperature, ”said Mike Pogany, director of operations at Black Hills Energy.

Black Hills Energy says opening the windows at night is also another great way to take advantage of the cooler times of the night so you don’t have to turn on the air conditioning.

Another tip, according to Pogany, is to regularly replace the air filters on your air conditioning systems