Want to keep your electric bills from going through the roof this summer?  Here are a few environmentally friendly steps you can take to keep things cool.

1. Open windows and use portable or ceiling fans instead of operating your air conditioner. Even mild air movement can make you feel three or four degrees cooler.

2. Use a fan with your window air conditioner to spread the cool air through your home.

3. Without blocking air flow, shade your outside compressor. Change air filters monthly during the summer.

4. Use a programmable thermostat with your air conditioner to adjust the setting at night or when no one is home.

5. Don't place lamps or TV's near your air conditioning thermostat. The heat from these appliances will cause the air conditioner to run longer.

6. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. Close curtains on the south and west facing windows during the day.

7. Caulking and weather stripping will keep cool air in during the summer

8. Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.