As temps go way up over the next several days, Xcel Energy is offering some tips to help customers find relief from the heat and their bills this summer. Xcel’s John Marshall encourages customers to install a programmable thermostat..

“Keeps the settings appropriate when the house is empty and keeps it cool when folks are back home.”

Marshall says using ceiling fans can help circulate cool air through a home and he recommends closing drapes and blinds during the heat of the day.