It's summertime at the Jersey Shore, and of course we expect it to be hot this time of year.

Have you noticed your wallet sweating right along with you? We have some tips to help.

With our third heat wave of the summer upon us, this is the 16th day in Jersey with temperatures above 90 degrees.

I know in my house, the AC is always cranked up, and when it gets this hot, there really aren't many options when it comes to staying safe in the heat.

After a while though, it takes a toll on the electric bill.

So what can you do to ease the pain?

JCP&L offers some tips on reducing your energy use (and lowering your bill):

  • Set the cooling thermostat on the highest comfortable temperature
  • Keep central air conditioning compressor units in an area that is shaded by the house or surrounding trees
  • Keep doors to unused rooms closed, and close air conditioning vents in those rooms
  • Close the blinds/shades if possible, especially during the hottest part of the day, especially for south and west facing windows

Another helpful tip? Don't gas up your car in the middle of a hot day. You'll get more for your money if you fill up when the temperature cools down.

What temperature do you keep your air conditioning set to? Tell us below!