with Georgia With temperatures well above 90 degrees in some spots this week, Georgia Power is encouraging customers to take steps to minimize the impact of higher temperatures and increased energy consumption on their utility bills. The company is committed to providing information and choice that will give customers the options they need to reduce energy consumption and save money on a daily basis, whether they are renting a home or owning their own.
Tips, tools and resources
Georgia Power provides efficiency tips and tools that all customers can use to save money and energy year round. Hundreds of simple energy tips are available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyEfficiency. The website also provides access to a free online energy check and a variety of discounts and incentives for homes and businesses.
Simple summer tips to save money and energy include:
- Think thermostat – heating and cooling bills make up almost half of your average electricity bill. Set manual thermostats to 78 ° F in summer for maximum efficiency and take advantage of programmable thermostats that help reduce energy use based on your lifestyle. Every degree cooler can add 4% to your bill.
- Use your fans – a ceiling fan only costs approx. $ 1.50 running for a month and will help you feel cooler without having to adjust your thermostat.
- Get your air conditioner serviced – Even if you don’t lower your thermostat, your device has to work harder as the outside temperature rises. Inefficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can add to costs and add hundreds of dollars in additional energy bills each year.
- Vents – To maintain constant temperatures throughout your home, keep vents and registers clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains, and carpets.
- Trim Plants and Change Filters – To ensure your unit is getting the correct airflow, change any filters inside and trim the plants around your outdoor unit.
- Food Storage – Set your fridge thermostat between 35 ° F and 38 ° F and your freezer at 0 ° F for maximum efficiency – but be careful not to overfill. Removing food to allow air to circulate can reduce energy consumption.
- Keep your refrigerator clean – Proper refrigerator cleaning and maintenance, e.g.
- Heat in the kitchen – Reduce the temperature in your home by cooking food in the microwave or on the stove instead of in the oven whenever possible. Adjust pots and pans to the burner size to minimize heat loss. Use lids on pots to keep the heat in.
In addition, Georgia Powers is My electricity consumption Program, a free service associated with many Georgia Power online accounts, enables customers to track their daily energy usage online, forecast their monthly bill, and stay on a set energy budget.
Flexible tariff options to suit customers’ budget and lifestyle
Georgia Power is reminding its customers that now, as the seasons change, is a good time to review your current tariff plan and make sure you are getting the best tariff that fits your budget and lifestyle. Making sure you have the cheapest tariff for your usage is one of the most effective ways to keep your energy bills down. Customers can learn details on seven Georgia Power tariff plans at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Pricing, including plans tailored for those who want the security of a year-round bill, customers who prepay and avoid a down payment, EV drivers, and others who want low-cost electricity after hours.
Invoice payment support
Georgia Power also provides bill payment assistance. The company works with customers to coordinate payment arrangements and discounts like the income-qualified senior discount, and can connect them with community organizations that may be able to help them pay their bills, including the Salvation Army’s Project SHARE program. More information is available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Assistance or by phone at 888-660-5890.
SOURCE Georgia Power