Easy Fixes to a Sky-Rocketing Summer Power Bill


FERNLEY, Nev. -- As temperatures continue to rise this summer, you electricity bill might be doing the same. You can still live comfortably in the heat of things without shelling out big bucks to keep you cool.

The heat isn't going away anytime soon, that's why the Edwards family want to keep their fans and air conditioner on every day; however, it's not just for comfort.

"My son and myself have asthma. For me if I walk outside when it gets 95 or above, I have a hard time breathing and he has a hard time breathing as well," Amber Edwards, mother of four said.

They have to keep six of their fans on at all times to keep their allergies from acting up, which doubles their summer power bill from the other seasons.

THEY HAVE TO KEEP SIX OF THEIR FANS ON AT ALL TIMES TO KEEP THEIR ALLERGIES FROM ACTING UP...WHICH DOUBLES THEIR SUMMER POWER BILL.

"The bill was $179 and that was for the month of May and June so I don't even want to know what it will be for June-July," she said.

Their current electricity bill is $406.44.

It also makes it difficult for the Edwards to keep their kids entertained because they're on a fixed income.

"I've noticed that there is a lot more fighting as usual this summer because they're just bored," she dais. "It's too hot to go outside to play and there's not too much to do indoors that's not repetitive."

Mary Simmons from NV Energy says the weather is a lot warmer than usual this year and says customers can expect to see rise in their utility bill.

NV Energy had a few tips to help you stay on budget this summer:

- Use electrical appliances in the mornings or late evenings when it's not as warm
- Replace old appliances. It can save you up to 40% on your power bill.

- Invest in a programmable thermostat. It adjusts the temperatures even when you're not home, saving yo up to 30%.

- Keep your thermostat at 78 to 80 degrees.

-Change your air conditioner filter at least once a month.

"Some of the misconceptions is that it's just more costly or a lot more work than it really is," Simmons said.

Simmons suggests that you should recycle your fridge if it's at least 10 years old. NV Energy has a refrigerator recycling program where they can take pick up your old fridge and give you $50 for it.

Following these steps can keep you from sweating over your power bill this summer.


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