Saving on utility bill as temperatures rise

Worried about your utility bill going up with the temperature as we head into summer? Don’t sweat it.

News 25’s Toni Miles shares some tips that will help save you money on your electric bill.

Summer is just around the corner and as temperatures go up so could the cost of your electric bill, but here are a few tips that could save you money, according to Mississippi Power Spokesperson Kaila Moran-Griffith who is also a paying customer. “I live in an old home, an older home that was built in the 1950s, so I want to make sure I’m going through and weather-proofing my house. If you have any crevices, any gaps in your doors or window seals, getting those weather strips, caulking those areas, that’s really going to help keep the AC in your house and keep your house cool.”

When it comes to your air conditioning, 78 degrees or higher is the magic number that will help keep your utility costs down. “I know that sounds a little high. I don’t like to be hot, and I know a lot of our customers don’t like to be hot in their own homes during the summer, but if you start at 78 and work your way down a little bit until you’re comfortable, the lower you go, the more you’re going to have to pay for that.”

It’s also a bright idea to use cost-efficient and energy-saving light bulbs. “One of the easiest things our customers can do, if they have not already swapped over to LED bulbs is go to the store and pick some up today. Those bulbs, number one, last way longer than a regular bulb does and it saves money on your bill. That’s a really easy way to go through your house and swap out those bulbs for LED.”

Also keep an eye on your air filters. “Something else they can do that’s really easy, and something I’m personally doing right now – it’s the first of the month, is checking your air filters. This is the perfect time.  When you’re at the store picking up your bulbs, go ahead and get some air filters and swap those out. The longer you wait to swap those things out, the harder your unit is going to have to work to cool down your house.”

To get fully connected with money-saving utility to tips, head on over to Mississippi Power’s website at

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