Keeping electric bills low in the summer

It is summertime and here in South Mississippi that means you probably have your air conditioner running to stay cool.

That also means you might have noticed an increase in your monthly electric bills. News 25 spoke to Mississippi Power today. They tell us the spike you see on your electric bill is pretty normal for this time of year.

Even though your bills might have skyrocketed, there are ways to bring them down for the next month.

Mississippi Power recommends setting your thermostat at 78 degrees, every degree below that will increase your bill.

It is also important to be mindful of how you use your energy. For example, it is recommended to only keep fans on in rooms that you are using.

You should also clean you H-VAC system every month to make sure it is running smoothly. Mississippi Power Spokesman Jeff Shepard said, “It is the summertime so as hot as it is outside, even if you set your thermostat at 78 degrees, it is 95 degrees outside. Your system is going to continuously run to keep the inside of your house cool so you are going to use more energy which then translates into a higher bill.”

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