Keep cool & keep your power bill in check

By WLOX Staff

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi power usage is creeping close to last summer's record. Thursday, June 18, marked the season's peak demand for Mississippi Power Company. Peak Demand is the highest number of kilowatts used by customers in a specific one-hour period.

Mississippi Power Spokesperson Cindy Duvall told WLOX News, "Customers should rest assured that Mississippi Power is prepared for high energy demand and does not anticipate any problems to deliver reliable service this hot summer."

Duvall said customers have more control over their power bill than they realize. Here are some quick tips from Mississippi Power to lower your cooling bill this summer:

Home Tips

  • Check the weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • Change air conditioning filters once a month.
  • Make sure your home is adequately insulated.
  • Close shades, blinds or draperies on windows that the sun shines through.
  • Set the thermostat for your air conditioner or heat pump at the highest comfortable setting, ideally around 78 degrees.
  • Run major heat-producing appliances, i.e. clothes dryers and dishwashers, at night or in the early morning when it is cooler.
  • Ceiling fans require much less electricity than air conditioners and can help people feel more comfortable at a higher thermostat setting that will save energy.

Kitchen Tips

  • Once food on a surface stove unit has reached the desired heat, cover and lower the heat.
  • Don't open the oven door needlessly to check on what's cooking.
  • Use microwave ovens when possible.
  • Check the gasket on your oven door to be sure it seals well.

Refrigerator Tips

  • Do not open the refrigerator door for lengthy amounts of time.
  • Keep food a small distance away from the interior walls of your refrigerator.
  • Locate refrigerators and freezers away from heat producing appliances and external doors.
  • Make sure the door gasket on the refrigerator is smooth and tight to keep cool air in and warm air out.

Dishwasher Tips

  • Operate your dishwasher only when a full load has accumulated.
  • Don't use the heat drying cycle; instead let dishes drain dry inside the dishwasher.
  • Using the dishwasher at night will cause less heat build-up in the home

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