Even if you've paid out buckets of sweat in this record-breaking summer heat, you'll probably be paying out a lot more when your energy bill arrives. FOX 9's Erik Runge took a look at ways to keep the extra costs from cutting a hole in your budget.
All of those hot days mean air conditioners were humming away in most places, but keeping a home cool and comfortable comes with a price.
For the record, the price of energy hasn't gone up. In fact, Minnesota is below the national average. That means the bill really reflects how much individual energy consumption has risen with the temperatures.
Energy conservation is the best way to cut down on energy costs, and the Saver's Switch program gives customers the ability to take 15 percent off their bill between June and September in exchange for giving Xcel the ability to control their air conditioner during peak times.
Xcel also has several other savings tips on their website -- including changing out old light bulbs for new compact fluorescent bulbs or LED lights. Each energy-efficient bulb could save up to $5 each year, according to the utility.
There are many programs available for those who are having difficulty making payments, but Xcel isn't going to cut power to those who make the effort to work with them.