A stretch of 90 degree weather is expected for much of the state starting today, and that can easily put a strain on your home cooling system. Xcel Energy’s John Marshall says there are easy ways to help keep that strain from hitting your wallet.

“First install a programmable thermostat. Those tend to raise the settings when the house is empty and then it gets a little cooler when the house is occupied. Keep your drapes drawn during the day. That keeps a lot of that heat out. And then if folks have that whole house attic fan, make sure that is running to move that cool nighttime air throughout the house.”

Other quick tips include use of ceiling fans, opening inside doors to help cool air flow and making sure your air conditions filters are clean.