6 areas that will help save energy this summer

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Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 07:54 PM.

Keeping your home and business cool and comfortable is what gets us through this time of year and Gulf Power customers can still save on their electricity bill — even with the high temperatures — by following these helpful tips:

Set your thermostat and leave it

During the summer, your air conditioner is the biggest consumer of electricity. For many homes, it accounts for more than half of the summer electricity bill.

•Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. For every degree below that setting, you’ll use 10 percent more electricity on the cooling portion of your electricity bill.

•Set the thermostat even higher when at work or away from home for long periods of time, but no more than five degrees higher.

•Change or clean your air conditioner filter regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency.

•Use your ceiling fan for more comfort. Only turn it on when you’re in the room. Ceiling fans only cool people, not rooms.

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