Heat Plays into Increased Energy Bill

By Rachel Martin

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) officials said that heat plays into increased energy bills. In hot temperatures people tend to use more energy which can raise energy costs.

YaVonda Ulfig, Spokesperson for I&M, said it is hard to say the amount your bill will increase.

“It’s hard to specify what percentage increase, for example, customers might see on their bills because of the hot temperatures, because there’s a number of factors that must be taken into consideration.”

Those factors depend on how energy efficient you make your home. Ulfig suggested key steps to becoming more energy efficient in hot weather:

• Keep your thermostat at or around 78-dgrees.

• Keep blinds and curtains closed. That keeps the hot air outside and cool air inside.

• Use ceiling fans. Fans use less energy than air conditioners, create a nice breeze, and distribute air around a room.

• Cut off lights and appliances that you’re not using. Not only do they require more electricity, they add heat to your home causing the air conditioner to work harder.

• Only use the stove or oven when it is less hot, such as early morning or late evening.

• Move furniture away from air vents to allow more flow.

“Also take advantage of the hot weather! If you can take advantage by putting your clothes outside to dry as opposed to using your dryer, that’s something that’s worth capitalizing on as well” Ulfig said.

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