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Posted on: June 27, 2022

FirstEnergy offers tips for lowering cooling costs

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Due to higher electricity costs, your energy bill will increase beginning this month. 

This summer, when electricity use is typically at its highest, FirstEnergy’s West Virginia utilities – Mon Power and Potomac Edison – want you to have the tools and knowledge you need to effectively manage your energy use and budget.

As summer temperatures rise, you can improve energy efficiency and lower cooling costs throughout the season by following these tips:

  • Set thermostats as high as comfort will allow. Every degree a customer can increase the temperature in their home will result in using about 3% less energy during the summer.
  • Use a programmable or smart thermostat to keep temperatures higher when no one is home and to reduce the temperature before arriving back home.
  • During sunny weather, close drapes or blinds on windows facing the sun to prevent direct radiant heating from impacting temperatures inside.
  • Check air conditioner and furnace fan filters. Clogged filters waste energy and money by forcing HVAC systems to work harder than necessary.
  • Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours of the day. The less heat produced at home, the less work the air conditioner will do.
  • For more energy efficiency tips you can use year-round, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/save_energy.

If you need help paying your bill, payment arrangement and assistance programs are available. For more information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/billassist.

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