Staying cool while keeping energy bills low

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – When the heat is high outside, you might be tempted to blast your air conditioning. But the cooler you set it, the higher your utility bill.

WNCT has some tips to keep your energy bills low during these hot summer days.

When the temperature’s in the upper 90s, you may want to set your AC to about 72, but Greenville Utilities says that may be a wasted effort.

When it’s so hot outside, your a-c can only get so cold.

Attempts to make it cooler will take more time, and thus, more money.

Jonathan Sergeant of Greenville Utilities says if you can stand the heat, your wallet will thank you.

“Each degree that you go down, that’s a percentage of higher utility cost. So the higher you can comfortably keep that set, the better off you’re going to be. And then when you’re not there at the home, trying to adjust that up is certainly going to go to your favor,” Sergeant said.

Sergeant also recommends changing your air filter every 30 days, unplugging appliances you don’t need, and using fans as much as possible.

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