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Electric bills skyrocket as temperatures rise

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 9:39 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s going to get even hotter the rest of the week which means people will probably be hiking up the A.C. but Grand Island Utilities said it will come at a cost. The more people keep lowering the thermostat, the higher their electric bill will be.

Just this week alone the city has already surpassed the amount of electricity used during the cold snap back in February. They only used 130 megawatts compared to 160 so far this week.

“Air conditioning draws a lot of power and so on a hot day like today, the air conditioners are running full out,” said Assistant Utilities Director Travis Burdett.

In order to prevent your bill from going up, Burdett suggests turning the A.C. to a slightly higher setting, shut curtains and blinds to reduce the heat coming in and do chores more at night when its cooler to avoid having to turn the A.C. up. They also suggest using fans whenever possible.

“If you’re watching how much electricity your using, you’re most likely going to use less because you’re aware of what you’re using kind of like when you’re on a budget,” Burdett said.

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