Tips on electric bill savings during blistering Arkansas heat


The dog days of summer can take a big bite out of your budget. That’s why power companies, like Carroll Electric, are advising their customers on ways to save.”The hotter it is outside the more electricity is going to be sold or consumed,” said Carroll Electric Vice President of Corporate Relations, Cory Smith.So how do you lower consumption? Most of us know keeping the thermostat at a reasonable level saves money. Smith recommends around 78 degrees around dinner time – then adjust for bedtime. That’s why he added that when you use that energy can make a big difference on your next bill.”If members can move or shift their energy consumption to off-peak hours, for example, early morning or late evening, that helps drive down our wholesale power bill which helps all of our customers – not just a select few,” Smith said.The peak is from 3 pm to 7 pm Smith advises using your appliances outside of those hours when demand is not so high.”We normally tell members to run their dishwasher right before they go to bed and we also recommend, if possible, air drying their dishes instead of using the heated dry cycle,” Smith said.When you do your laundry can also help lower your electric bill.”We recommend that you wash full loads of clothes in cold water and really recommend they try and run laundry cycles during those off-peak intervals,” Smith said. “Again, during early mornings or late evenings.”When it’s time to cook dinner, fire up the grill if you have one.”Rely on propane,” Smith said. “Most people are generally aware that if they use their oven it is going to heat up their home and it will cause their AC to run longer than normal so just avoid using the oven or stove during those peak hours.”

The dog days of summer can take a big bite out of your budget. That’s why power companies, like Carroll Electric, are advising their customers on ways to save.

“The hotter it is outside the more electricity is going to be sold or consumed,” said Carroll Electric Vice President of Corporate Relations, Cory Smith.

So how do you lower consumption? Most of us know keeping the thermostat at a reasonable level saves money. Smith recommends around 78 degrees around dinner time – then adjust for bedtime. That’s why he added that when you use that energy can make a big difference on your next bill.

“If members can move or shift their energy consumption to off-peak hours, for example, early morning or late evening, that helps drive down our wholesale power bill which helps all of our customers – not just a select few,” Smith said.

The peak is from 3 pm to 7 pm Smith advises using your appliances outside of those hours when demand is not so high.

“We normally tell members to run their dishwasher right before they go to bed and we also recommend, if possible, air drying their dishes instead of using the heated dry cycle,” Smith said.

When you do your laundry can also help lower your electric bill.

“We recommend that you wash full loads of clothes in cold water and really recommend they try and run laundry cycles during those off-peak intervals,” Smith said. “Again, during early mornings or late evenings.”

When it’s time to cook dinner, fire up the grill if you have one.

“Really on propane,” Smith said. “Most people are generally aware that if they use their oven it is going to heat up their home and it will cause their AC to run longer than normal so just avoid using the oven or stove during those peak hours.”

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