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Saving Money on Electricity

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The month of August means dog days.  As the heat rises, so does the electricity bill.

Southern Pines Electric Power Association Communications Coordinator Leif Munkel has tips for Pine Belt residents that will ensure lower costs.

"The biggest thing you want to do during the hot summer months in Mississippi is you want to keep your air conditioned air in," he said.

Munkel said simple projects like adding weather stripping around doors, installing a threshold under doors, and cawking windows can help.

He also said the type of thermostat people buy can affect their bill. He suggests a programmable one and says they are more accurate.

You should keep your thermostat around 78* when you're home, but if you can stand it, for every degree above 78, you save about 7% on your power bill.

Another important factor is the type of light bulbs you use. Munkel suggests compact fluorescent light bulbs.

"They use 1/3 less energy of an incandescent bulb that most people have in their house, and they also generate 70% less heat," Munkel said.

He said if you change out about five of them in your house, you'll save about $130 over the course of the life of the bulb.

Other tips Munkel suggests are.

1.  Unplug appliances that aren't being used including phone chargers, and even cable and satellite boxes.

2.  Set your water heater around 120*.

3.  Wash clothes with cold water.

4.  Use the microwave instead of the oven

5.  Only use the dishwasher when the load is full.

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