MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Summer months in Middle Georgia mean high temperatures and high electric bills. Georgia Power is offering it's customers tips on how they can save money and energy.
Kenny Campbell, Georgia Power Energy Representative, says the air conditioner is a good place to start.
"Air conditioning makes up 50% of your bill, water makes up 25% and then it's lighting and appliances," Campbell says, "I recommend if you're trying to conserve during the summer, the setting of your thermostat is going to be one of the biggest things. We recommend 78 in the summer."
Since the air conditioner makes up majority of the electric bill, Campbell says maintenance is key. Georgia Power recommends getting the air conditioner serviced at least once a year, coils cleaned regularly and filters changed at least once a month.
He says it's important to pay attention to energy usage but it's also important to know what time of day appliances are running.
"I would recommend between the hours of 2 and 7, that's the hottest part of the day, I recommend not doing any laundry, dishes, anything that would put more heat in the home and therefore makes your unit run longer," Campbell says.
Georgia Power also recommends running a ceiling fan, investing in solar panels and requesting an in-home energy audit.
A in-home energy audit is an assessment of how much energy your home uses, Georgia Power conducts in-home energy audits and then offers steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
For more information on in-home energy audits and ways you can save visit the Georgia Power website at www.georgiapower.com.