We’ve already seen heat index readings up to 110 degrees in Mississippi, and we’re still a few days away from the official start of summer (June 20th). Cranking up the air may feel good, but it can take a big bite out of your budget. Entergy Mississippi shared some tips:
· Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree lower than 78 can raise your bill as much as 3 percent. If you crank down the A/C to a cooler 72 degrees, you’ve already increased your bill by 18 percent.
· Buy a programmable thermostat. As energy use rises, costs also rise. Program these thermostats to run at a more energy-efficient temperature when inhabitants are away.
· Use fans to cool off, but remember – fans cool people, not rooms. Ceiling fans, box fans and oscillating fans use very little electricity to circulate the air, which helps you feel several degrees cooler. To save more energy, turn them off when you leave the room.
· Close blinds, shades and curtains to keep the sun out and cool air in. Close air conditioning vents in rooms that are not in use.
· Seal cracks and holes around doors, windows and ductwork. Weather stripping and caulk will help keep cold air in and hot air out.
· Make sure air coming into your home is clean and healthy. Air filters on some air conditioning units need monthly cleaning or replacement. Get your A/C inspected to make sure your system is leak-free and operating as efficiently as possible.
Residential customers can find information about bill-payment assistance programs by visiting entergy.com/mypaymentoptions to find a plan that best fits their individual needs.