More red in the thermometer could mean more red in budgets for families already struggling to make ends meet, according to Nashville Electric Service.
Nashville’s energy provider said customers shouldn’t be surprised by higher bills this summer. The month of June was 47 percent hotter than normal with an average daily temperature of 80.8 degrees.
“The weather can have a dramatic impact on your electric bill,” said Jim Purcell, NES Energy Services Manager. “A five degree higher temperature outside means that your air conditioning system is working much harder to maintain the comfort level inside your home.”
NES urges customers to focus on practicing energy conservation to keep bills under control. Try turning your thermostat up a degree or two above where you normally keep it. We recommend a setting of 78 degrees or higher. Each degree that you turn your thermostat up could save you one percent on your total electric bill.
NES suggests using fans to increase your comfort level at a higher thermostat setting by as much as 4 to 6 degrees. Ceiling fans consume as little energy as a 100-watt light bulb, which is about 95 percent less energy than most central air conditioners use.
For more energy-efficiency advice and helpful power saver calculators, visit “Ways to Save” at www.nespower.com.