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NV Energy Has Tips on Keeping Energy Bill Down This Summer

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As we head into summer, the rising temperatures brings a rising power bill. So, NV Energy has some ways for people to keep those bills down.

For example, lowering your thermostat by even a degree under 78 degrees can increase your electricity costs. According to Chad Piekarz, an energy efficiency expert at NV Energy, lowering the thermostat by one degree can increase costs by up to two percent. If you're away from home, set your thermostat to 85 degrees.

NV Energy suggests changing the filters on your air conditioning system each month. Piekarz says a dirty filter will make it harder for air to flow through your home, and that makes the system work harder to cool. In turn, it wastes energy and can result in a higher power bill.

But, if at all possible, use electric and ceiling fans to keep your home cool. Piekars says air conditioners will use about 100 times more energy than a fan at medium speed.

Officials also suggest replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED lights, which use about 75 percent less energy. NV Energy says the LED lights will reduce your bill by about seven dollars a year.

Some other tips to keep your home cool:
-Close your curtains to keep the heat out.
-Caulk your windows and weather-strip your doors because that keeps the outside air out, and the inside air in.
-Clean your dishes and clothing later in the day because those appliances can heat up your home.

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