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Cool off inside your home and cut costs in the summer heat

Officials with Franklin PUD say the higher you raise your thermostat, the more money you will save.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- If you're staying home to escape this heat, there are a few ways you can keep your temperatures low, as well as your bill.

Officials with Franklin PUD say the higher you raise your thermostat, the more money you will save. Fans will help your body cool off temporarily, but they won't lower the temperature of a home.

Changing air filters frequently will keep your air-conditioner running more efficiently and cut costs. Seal any areas where cool air escapes, like windows, doors, electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures.

You should also close your blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day. If you can afford it, install outdoor awnings or solar screens to filter out the heat.

“When it starts getting hot like this, customers are going to see it on their electric bill," explained Energy Services Specialist Todd Blackman.

For those on a tight budget, Franklin PUD offers low income rebates for surviving the heat without breaking the bank.

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