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GreyStone residential energy consultant Lisa Lonon shares energy-saving tips with members Jeanette and Cecil Perkins, including setting the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during the summer.

GreyStone Power is preparing their members for rising temperatures as well as how to prevent their bills from rising as well.

Temperatures reached record highs over Memorial Day weekend. According to state climatologist Bill Murphey of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the heat wave that brought record-breaking 95-degree weather to the area over the past week helped make this the warmest May on record.

With these unprecedented summer temperatures, most people are turning their thermostats down.

GreyStone recommends that their members set their thermostats to 78 degrees in the summer. Turning the thermostat below 78 degrees can increase the energy bill 3 to 5 percent for every degree below 78.

As temperatures go up, the HVAC units work harder to cool the house. This means that the air conditioning unit is running at maximum capacity and using more electricity the hotter it gets outside. This can cause electric bills to spike.

There are ways to prevent energy bills from soaring as temperatures rise. GreyStone Residential Energy Services Department Manager Drew Hook recommends that members look at when their air conditioning units were last serviced in addition to how often they change their air filter.

“If it's been more than two years since your unit was serviced, consider having this done. This will help to ensure that your home’s equipment is operating at its highest potential,” said Hook.

“Dirty or clogged filters will put strain on your home’s HVAC system, causing the unit to work hard to maintain your home’s temperature. We recommend changing your home’s air filter on a regular basis, usually four to six times a year. It is best to check monthly during the heating and cooling season and change when dirty.”

GreyStone’s summer rates run from June 1 to Oct. 31.

It is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to more than 117,000 members in eight counties, including portions of Paulding, Bartow, Cobb, Douglas, Fulton, Carroll, Fayette and Coweta counties.

For more information, visit www.greystonepower.com.

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