How To Keep Your Power Bill Lower Into The Summer

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With the climbing heat of the summer, power bills can start climbing higher and higher as well.

However, there are some steps you can take to keep your bill lower.

One thing is to cut down on "vampire power" or energy that you use without meaning to.  If you leave appliances plugged in, they draw power even if they aren't on.

Huntsville Utilities Spokesperson Joe Gehrdes says, "Chargers, computers, televisions now a days.  They're always drawing just a little bit of power even when they're not in use."

That constant power drain can raise your bill.

Gehrdes adds, "Especially if you're going to be away where you're gone for long periods of time during the day, it's a great opportunity to employ the use of power strips.  Then you just have that one switch.  You can knock off multiple things.  Or just unplug them."

Managing your air conditioner properly can help too.

Gehrdes explains, "Most energy-saving tips would recommend you set your thermostat around seventy-eight degrees when you're home.  When you're not home, even up as high as eighty-five degrees, just because you're not there, employ the use of ceiling fans and things like that."

Be mindful though, turning your thermostat up a little bit will save you money, but turning it off all together could actually cost you more.

Gehrdes adds, "Your home could get up into the ninety degree area and your air conditioner would spend all night and run continuously to get that down.  And that's using quite a lot of energy to bring your house back down to a temperature you're comfortable with."

So keep the air coming, but maybe not blasting.

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