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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
As the temperature rises, so can your electric bill. Consumers use the air conditioner more during the summer.
Power company officials said it's the biggest source of electricity and can account for more than half your bill. There are several ways you can cut down on the cost.
If you must use the AC, make sure you clean or change your filter. A dirty filter cuts airflow and reduces efficiency. Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher and use ceiling or box fans to keep air circulating in your home. Raise the thermostat even higher if you plan to be away for a long period of time.
Try using your dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer at night. This will help avoid adding heat to your place during the hottest time of the day. Consider using a microwave or toaster instead of the oven. The smaller appliances use less power and produce less heat. Close drapes or blinds during the day to reduce heat from direct sunlight.