Tips to keep bills down when temps go up

By Laura Wibbenmeyer - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Many folks are dreading those electric bills after the heat we've been experiencing.  We met up with Russell Burger, superintendent of electric operations, to find out some tips to help prevent breaking the bank this summer.  He says some easy tips are keeping your filters clean and using the microwave instead of the oven.  He also says you can save $129 by getting insulated drapes.  So we asked him several more questions to help save you some money.

Should the vents in non-used rooms be closed?

"If you're not using a room typically turn those vents off," said Burger. "Make sure not to overdue it because your heat pumps and ACs are sized to cool the square footing in your home and if you close too many off they don't run effectively and they're less efficient."

What if my top floor never seems to cool off?

"Let the fan run continuously on the upstairs unit to circulate that air," said Burger.

If I raise the temperature on my thermostat, how much money do I save?

"By lowering your thermostat 3 degrees during the winter months and raising it 3 degrees during the summer months you can save about $88 per year," said Burger.

If I use my ceiling fan to say cooler, do I save money?

"By using a ceiling fan to circulate the air, that can save you up to an additional $50 a year," said Burger.

For more money saving tips go to www.Ameren.com and click on energy efficiency.

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