With Georgia experiencing over 70 days of temperatures above 90 degrees this year, Georgia Power urges customers to act to minimize the impact of higher temperatures and increased energy use on electric bills.
The company recently provided information on reducing energy use and saving money every day:
Tips, Tools and Resources
Georgia Power offers efficiency tips, tools and this cost-comparison guide that can help all customers save money and energy throughout the year. Hundreds of easy energy tips, whether you own a home or rent, are available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Save. The website also includes access to a free online energy checkup and a variety of rebates and incentives for both homes and businesses.
Simple summer tips to save money and energy include:
- Think Thermostat — Heating and cooling costs make up approximately 46-percent of your average power bill. Set manual thermostats to 78°F in the summer for peak efficiency and make the most of programmable thermostats, which help decrease energy use based on your lifestyle. Each degree cooler can increase your bill by 4-percent.
- Use your fans — A ceiling fan costs only about $1.50 a month and will help you feel cooler without having to adjust your thermostat.
- Air Vents — To maintain consistent temperatures throughout your home, keep air vents and registers clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains and rugs.
- Trim Plants and Change Filters — To ensure your unit receives proper air flow, change any filters and trim plants outside your unit.
- Food Storage — Set your refrigerator thermostat between 35°F and 38°F, and your freezer to 0°F to run at peak efficiency — but be careful not to over fill.
- Heat in the Kitchen — Reduce the temperature inside your home by cooking food in the microwave or stove top instead of the oven when possible. Match pots and pans to the burner size to minimize heat loss. Use lids on pots to keep in heat.
Additionally, Georgia Power’s My Power Usage program, a free service connected to Georgia Power online accounts, allows customers to track their daily energy use online, project their monthly bill and stay within a set energy budget.
Conduct a Rate Plan Review
Georgia Power offers a variety of flexible and customizable rate plans to fit every lifestyle. Ensuring that you are on the most economical rate plan for your use is one of the most effective ways to keep your energy costs low, according to a news release.
Customers can explore Georgia Power rate plans at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Pricing, including:
- Smart Usage — This plan can provide savings by implementing small changes in how and when you use electricity. Electric appliances such as clothes dryers, ovens and dishwashers are some of the biggest energy users and, by using these appliances at different times, you can reduce your monthly energy bill.
- FlatBill — This plan offers a 12-month fixed contract price that does not fluctuate when your power usage does — eliminating surprises and preventing higher bills during the summer months.
- Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) — A great option for electric vehicle (EV) drivers who can charge their EVs during nighttime hours and take advantage of lower-priced energy.
- Nights and weekends — If you can shift when you use electricity during the summer months to the evening, the nights and weekends rate is for you. By changing when you wash dishes, do laundry or cool your home, savings add up annually.
- PrePay — One of Georgia Power’s newest rate plans, this option allows you to pay as you go and add funds as needed. This plan requires no deposit, credit check or reconnection fees.
Bill Payment Assistance
Georgia Power also offers bill payment assistance. The company works with customers to coordinate payment arrangements and discounts such as the Low-Income Senior Citizen Discount, and can connect them with community organizations that may be able to help them pay their bill including The Salvation Army's Project SHARE program.
Additional information is available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Assistance or via phone at 888-660-5890.