Staying Cool Without Breaking the Bank

June 12, 2017 08:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- When we get to this time of year, turning up the air conditioning is inevitable for many, but with it comes a costly electric bill. 

"Kids these days with technologies, you know tablets and video games and tvs, movies," said Peran Nuon, a father of two.


He says sometimes it’s just unavoidable paying a higher electric bill.

"Especially on rainy days like this, people stay inside and try to keep themselves entertained."

But according to Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), making sure you don't get surprised with a giant bill starts with planning ahead.

"Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. Reason being is it's still going to take out that humidity in the air and that alone is gonna make your home more comfortable. You don't necessarily have to have it at 70, 71 to cool it down," said Tony Benson with RPU.

But if it's too late and your bill has already gone up, Benson says just make adjustments moving forward.

"Use your A/C sparingly. If you don't have to use it all the time, don't.  If you have a programmable thermostat, use that," said Benson.

Although Nuon says his bill isn't through the roof, there are some things he's been doing which he credits for that.

"I got those light bulbs that save energy.  Instead of using the house light we use lamps with those bulbs so it kind of saves us energy too.  And we always unplug outlets that [are] not plugged in," said Nuon.

Benson also says just like a car, make sure you’re on top of the maintenance, which RPU offers rebates for.


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