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TEP offers tips to keep your energy bill down in the summer

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Other cities tend to see higher electric bills during the winter. In Tucson residents spend more money cooling down their houses in the summer.

"During wintertime, electric bill is right around 95 to 100 dollars," said Brandon Gerda, Tucson Homeowner. "Summertime, it'll jump up to almost 200 and if I run the AC at 76 or less, I will see an increase over that 200 dollar mark and sometimes by very much."

Gerda says he tries to keep his electric bill down in the summertime, while still keeping his family comfortable. 

"It's at 76, but I just bumped it up to 78 just to conserve some money there," said Gerda. 

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) says 78 is the golden number in the summertime. Every degree you raise your thermostat can reduce your overall energy costs by about 2-3%.

"Cover up your windows," said Joseph Barrios, TEP Spokesperson. "You can do that by simply closing the blinds or closing your drapes. If you can install outdoor awnings or shade cloths, those are a number of things to keep the sunshine and the heat out of your home."

TEP also recommends residents limit heat sources inside their homes, like dishwashers and ovens. 

"If you're not watching TV, but it's on, go turn it off," said Barrios. "If the lights are on, but your not in that room or you don't need that light, turn that off. If you can put off cooking till a little bit later in the day when it's not hot outside, that reduces the amount of heat in your home."

Using fans will help too. 

Gerda says he likes to make sure his air filter is cleaned out so the air flows properly. 

He also says he switched to LED light bulbs because he noticed they do not put off as much heat.

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