Tips to keep your power bill low

Summer is here and as temperatures continue to rise, so does your electric bill as you try to stay cool. To save money, Mississippi Power offered some energy saving tips.

When it comes to saving money, set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Use a ceiling fan in occupied rooms to make yourself feel cooler. Close your blinds and curtains during the day to block the sun’s heat.

Change your air filters monthly and have your heating and air system serviced annually by a licensed professional.

Also, make sure to keep your AC on auto, not ‘on.’ If you plan to cook or wash, do it early in the morning or later in the evening. Mississippi Power Spokesperson Kaila Moran-Griffith said, “We also really recommend utilizing a smart thermostat. If you can make the switch to a smart thermostat or if you already have one use that to your advantage. So, if you are out for the day and you set your thermostat on 78 degrees, you don’t really wanna walk in your house you want it to be a little bit cooler. On your way home you can go on your phone adjust your thermostat so it can start cooling for you. On the flip side if it’s a crazy Monday morning, you leave the house, you have the kids every which a way, and you realize that maybe you left your thermostat on 70 degrees, 68 degrees that you keep it at night you know if you have a smart thermostat you can go on your phone you can go in and bump it up so that’s it not running all day.”

Customers can manage energy costs with ‘my power usage.’ Monitor to see how much electricity is being used each day.

Mississippi Power also has a new budget billing program where customers will pay roughly the same amount year-round.

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