Ways to save on electric in the summer months - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Ways to save on electric in the summer months

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Electric bills over the past month have skyrocketed for many people in Southwest Louisiana and some of it can be attributed to the rise in temperatures.

According to a customer service representative from Entergy, it's because air conditioners are one of the largest users in your home of electricity.

In the summer months, there are some ways you can bring your bill down from those steep prices.

According to Entergy, every degree you set your air conditioner to below 78 degrees will increase your bill as much as three percent.

So, keep your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature and use fans or other ways to cool off.

If you leave on vacation, or for an extended period, turn your air conditioner up to 80 degrees, it can save you money while you're gone.

Ron Childress, a customer service representative from Entergy says your air conditioner may be causing you more money because it needs to be serviced.

Simple things such as leaving storm windows and doors closed when the air conditioner is running and making sure vents are clear of furniture can also help to cool your house off more according to Entergy.

  • Place window and central air conditioning units on the shady or north side of your home when possible. When using window units, shut doors to unused rooms, and close floor or wall registers used for heating.
  • Install solar screens or films on sunny windows to reduce heat gain in your home, thus reducing air conditioning costs.
  • Keep air conditioner filters clean. Aluminum mesh filters should be washed and fiberglass filters should be replaced monthly.
  • Close shades and drapes on the sunny side of the house during the day to keep light and heat out.
  • Keep the cool air in your home circulating with ceiling, oscillating or box fans. Circulating air makes you feel cooler and allows you to set your thermostat higher.
  • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to remove excess heat and humidity caused by cooking, laundering and bathing.
  • Entergy also recommends energy-efficient heat pumps of 11 SEER or higher. A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your home.

For more ways that can help you save on your electric bill in the summer from Entergy, click HERE.

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