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AL Power releases tips on lowering energy bill during summer

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Summer is in full swing in Alabama and the state is currently seeing some of the hottest temperatures of the year.

Alabama Power has come up with some tips that will help save money during the scorching Summer months:

Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher and use ceiling fans. Using fans creates a "wind chill" effect that can keep you comfortable even with a higher temperature setting on your thermostat. Raising your thermostat setting by two degrees can reduce your air conditioning energy use by up to ten percent.

Only turn the ceiling fan on when you are in that particular room.

Use a microwave, toaster or grill instead of the oven. Smaller appliances use a third of the power that an oven uses and using these smaller appliances will keep the kitchen cooler.

Chores such as mopping and washing dishes can add moisture and heat to your home, so save these activities for the cooler parts of the day.

The same goes for using your washer and dryer. You can save energy by waiting to use the washer and dryer until you have a full load. Save even more by washing clothes in cold water.

Waiting until you have a full load of dishes to run the dishwasher can also help cut down on energy cost.

Keeping exterior doors closed as much as possible can help reduce the amount of cold air that escapes and can cut down on energy cost.

Light-colored blinds, shades and draperies should be used on the sunny side of your house. These light colors reduce the amount of heat that is absorbed into your home. Make sure that the draperies are also insulated or lined.

Using an exhaust fan or opening a window while showering can reduce the heat and humidity in your bathroom.

When going on vacation, raise the thermostat level to a higher temperature.

For more energy-saving tips, visit the Alabama Power website or call their customer service line at 1-800-245-2244.

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