Beat the heat this summer without breaking the bank


People across the Ark-La-Tex are cranking up their AC to stay cool this summer, but it isn’t cheap. Here’s a few tips to avoid getting scorched by high electricity bills.

As temperatures continue to rise this summer many people search for relief .”Stay at home pretty much most of the time. It’s too hot,” said Lullia Jones, Arkansas resident.

Jones was in disbelief when she opened her electric bill for the month of June.”My bill last month was about 50-dollars lower than this month,” said  Jones.

Dion Cooper with Southwest Arkansas Electric says lowering your thermostat will increase your electric bill. “Heating and cooling are the most energy users in your home,” said Cooper.

Experts recommend adjusting your thermostat about eight degrees higher when you’re not home.”You won’t notice too much of a difference when you come home, but you will save the energy at that point,” said Cooper.

Cooper also recommends shutting off ceiling fans when you leave a room. He says they don’t actually lower the room temperature.”Let’s say you have five ceiling fans running in a home, maybe they average about five-dollars a month, but total that’s about 20-dollars,” said Cooper.

Experts say customers can request an energy audit to identify where energy efficiency improvements  can be made.

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