Here is how Georgia Power says you can save on expensive energy bills this summer

Atlanta — As thermometers in Atlanta reach triple digits, people have to decide between comfort and cost when it comes to rising power bills.

Channel 2′s Larry Spruill spoke with Georgia Power about what you can do for your home to lower energy costs during the summer months and what they are doing to handle the increase in energy usage in homes.

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AC Technician Maurice Copeland says the early days of the summer have been extremely busy for him, and he expects it continue throughout the summer months.

“I haven’t seen a summer start off so hot,” Copeland said. “I’ll probably do, just me and myself, at least 6 or 7 a day.”

John Kraft, Georgia Power Spokesperson, says that Georgians should expect their power bill to rise, as they continue to turn down their thermostat.

“Rising temperatures typically mean rising energy usage, so we know that can also mean rising power bills,” Kraft said.

Many people believe you can save money by turning off your AC when you’re not home, but Georgia Power says that’s not the case.

“It can make your refrigerator and freezer work harder if your home is much hotter and much more humid, so we don’t recommend turning it completely off.,” Kraft said.

Kraft says that’s because people tend to adjust their thermostats more during the summer.

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If you are looking to save on your power bill this summer, Kraft suggests focusing attention on thermostat management.

”For instance, if you can set that up to 78 degrees and use fans. Fans, use a fraction of the energy than your air conditioning does,” Kraft said.

The National Weather Service, based in Peachtree City, has issued an excessive heat weather advisory, which is set to expire at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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