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How to save money on your electric bill this summer

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 21:32:26-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla.  — It's hot and humid in Southwest Florida, especially when summer hits.

This time of year GP Plumping and Air Conditioning has an uptick in service calls for air conditioning problems, “the compliant is usually drain lines or the air conditioner not keeping up,” said Charlie Costa, Owner, GP Plumbing and Air Conditioning.

Charlie Costa says the air conditioner is a big part of keeping your home cool but duct work, insulation, and changing you filter also play an important part .

“In the summer I don’t recommend that we go any longer than 30 to 45 days on the high side in changing your filter, the other thing is cleaning your drain line,” said Costa.

Here’s how you can save money on your electric bill:

Lee County Electric Cooperative says 78 is the magic number to set your air conditioner, every degree below that adds eight to 12 percent on your cooling costs.

If you’re not home for more than two hours LCEC suggests 83 degrees.

Keep ceiling fans off when you aren’t in the room. Turns out you can save $85 dollars per year per fan.

When running your A/C make sure windows and doors are shut tightly and your blinds are closed.