Ways to save big on power bill

YUMA, Ariz. – Any given household’s power bill could double or triple during the summer in the Desert Southwest. The question remains: should you turn your a/c off to conserve electricity during the day? APS community affairs manager Anna Chaulk said absolutely not.

“If you put your thermostat up by one degree, you could save two to three percent over the year on your electricity bill. Imagine if you put it up two or three degrees, you will save a lot of money over time” she said.

Air conditioning uses more energy than any other household item, accounting for 40% of a customer’s power bill. Chaulk explained some simple changes you can make to cut down on a/c use.

“Making sure that all cracks in your doors are sealed as tightly as possible, making sure you do heat producing activities during the day — during cooler parts of the day — so for example cook early in the morning or late at night if possible,” Chaulk said.

That rule also goes for doing laundry or running the dishwasher. You should also replace air filters and trade in old light bulbs for energy efficient LED’s. Avoid opening the refrigerator too; she said that simple advice could save you twenty bucks throughout the year.

“The average family in Arizona opens and closes their refrigerator door an average of 40 to 60 times a day, so if you imagine, that’s a lot of wasted energy,” she said.

Chaulk said turn them off ceiling fans during the day.

“Fans cool people, not rooms, so if you think about a fan running all day, and you’re not sitting in that room, you’re just using the energy to run the fan, and you’re not getting the effects of that cooling,” Chaulk explained.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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