Learn ways to beat the heat and those skyrocketing power bills

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - It's been a record breaking week when it comes to heat in the south. But according to Mississippi power, just because the temperature is rising, doesn't mean power bills have to.

No matter where you are or what you are doing, you'll see people throughout the south trying to be the heat. Many people are simply looking for shelter to stay cool.

Mississippi Power spokesman Verdell Hawkins says it important for customers make sure their air condition units are set properly. "Now, we recommend 78 degrees for maximum sufficiency," said Hawkins. "And when it is used with ceiling fans it provides for a more comfortable atmosphere than many might think."

Hawkins recommends that customers keep as mush sunlight out of the home as possible. ""Keep the house shaded," he said. "Simply closing blinds, closing the drapes, preventing the sunlight. "

According to Hawkins, if customers follow those simply little rules their power bill should remain the same. "Customers don't realize how much control they actual have over their own power bills. Some of the tips that I mention all work, also by simply cutting the lights off when they leave out of the room or switching for the traditional light bulb to energy sufficient light bulbs with uses 75 percent less than traditional light bulbs and last ten times as long," he said.

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