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Energy-Saving Ways to Stay Cool

There's a brutal heat wave pestering many parts of the South and the Midwest, and in the rest of the country, it's still pretty darn hot. So I thought I would share a few of Georgia Power's tips for staying cool without making your energy bill skyrocket. Got some ideas of your own to share? Tell us in the comments section below.

  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher and leave it there. For every degree below that setting, you'll use 3 to 5 percent more electricity.
  • 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 to maximize the unit's cooling potential.
  • Adjust your ceiling fan to turn counterclockwise in the summer.

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  • Check your windows and doors for a tight fit. Apply weather stripping or caulking if needed.
  • When cooking, try to use the range instead of the oven. Or better yet, turn on the microwave or use a pressure cooker. Both use less power than a standard electric range.
  • Use pots and pans that match the size of the burners on your stove. This allows more heat to the pan and less heat will be lost to surrounding air.
  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Check it by closing a piece of paper in the door, half in and half out. If you can pull the paper out easily, you may need to make some adjustments or replace the seal.