Summer months leads to higher utility bill

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Updated: 6/17/2013 9:07 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- While summer temperatures rise, so does the cost of your electric bill.

"Disposable income goes down this time of year because you know, like we said, the heat in Mississippi the humidity is going to rise. [You feel it] in the wallet, is gonna you know money is gonna go down," said homeowner Joe Kiddy.
 
"Yes this is the time of the year when we have to run the AC more. The bill does go up," said Ashley Wilkins, homeowner.

The director of Tupelo Water and Light offers the following the advice for people during the summer season.

"My recommendation to the citizens is to put a programmable thermostat in their homes. Another thing that a lot of people do is use ceiling fans. If you know ceiling fans you feel five degrees cooler with a ceiling fan in the room," said Johnny Timmons.

Another helpful hint when it comes to trying to save money during the summer season is to clean out the air conditioning filter at least once a month.
 
"Once a month, clean those and do regular yearly maintenance. Have someone out check the coils check the freon levels and you know just try to keep it cleen," Kiddy added.  

"We are able to meet the demand with no problem. But again, anytime you have these extreme swings in the heat you know you're gonna have stress on the system," adds Timmons. "Of course we are here to take care of that problem if that were to occur."

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