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Tips to keep electric bills low as temps remain near freezing

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Winter has brought record-breaking cold temperatures that will force home heating systems to work longer and harder and Brock Williamson with Southern Pine Electric says that even if the system is not all-electric people across the state may still experience an increase in usage which will ultimately cause higher electric bills.

“Considering the mild weather we have been enjoying throughout south Mississippi until now, these increases could be significant,” Williamson said.

He added that Southern Pine has not increased rates.

“Any increase in your bill will be a direct result of increased usage,” Williamson said. “If you know you will have difficulty paying your bill, we urge you to contact us when you receive your bill.”

Below is a list of tips that will help keep the electricity bill low.

  • Though it may not be the ideal temperature when it is freezing outside, Southern Pine recommends that if you need to conserve costs, that you set your thermostat at 68 degrees or below and dress appropriately.
  • Check your attic and crawl space for adequate insulation.
  • Install weather stripping on doors and windows.
  • Check for air leaks. Use calking where two building materials meet on the house exterior.
  • Set the fireplace damper when not in use.
  • Keep draperies closed at night to reduce drafts.
  • Open the blinds or curtains during the day to let the sun in.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Lower your water heater temperature. The Department of Energy recommends using the warm water setting (120 degrees) during fall and winter months.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED’s, which drastically less energy.

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