It's that time of the year when I really hate paying my bills.  I always hate paying bills, but it's the summer that I hate the most--electricity dues go up and unless I want to come home to a hot house every day, there's no getting around it.

Yes, running your air conditioner is going to cost you this summer, but there are ways to make sure you aren't paying more than you should be and Idaho Power has some great resources to help you out with that.

One way I found online was the A/C Cool Credit Program. By signing up for this program, Idaho Power will install a device near your Air Conditioning unit (it's totally safe for the unit, too) that will cycle you Air Conditioner on and off during peak-energy demand times. According to studies, residents only notice a 1 to 2 degree difference on hot days when their conditioner may be shut off by this device and typically only happens between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

There are several other ways to cut back on energy bills, too, that don't revolve around your AC. Check out this energy saving kit I got last year for my place for free (HERE).

For more from Idaho Power, click HERE