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Keeping cool for less money

By Carlo Falco
Published On: Jul 08 2013 08:22:39 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

With temperatures hitting the triple-digits often, electricity bills tend to follow suit.

Redding Electric Utility recommends taking a few simple steps to lower Northstate electricity bills during the sweltering summer.

  • Turn off lights and appliances when they are not in use, and turn off the TV if you are not watching it.
  • Most of a family‚Äôs electricity bill is generated from air conditioning, so turning the temperature up by a few degrees can save about 10 percent on your entire energy bill.
  • In addition, leaving electronics on when they are not needed generates heat, making the air conditioning work harder to keep your house cool.
  • All these steps, in addition to small things, such as keeping south-facing blinds drawn during the hottest part of the day or getting sun shades or awnings for your windows, can save about $20-$30 a month.