Keep AC at 74 degrees or higher, close blinds to save on cooling costs

15 June 2022

Air conditioning unit working overtime? A Duke Energy spokesperson explains how you can cut costs while trying to keep your house cool this summer.

According to Jeff Brooks with Duke Energy, AC costs account for half of your energy bill. Keeping your home at 74 degrees or higher in the summer is a best practice, and turn it up even higher when you’re away from home.

You should also change your filters regularly (at least once every two months), close the blinds on the sunny side of the house and use ceiling fans (set to a counterclockwise rotation).

Brooks said Duke Energy representatives can help customers set up monthly payments depending on their usage.

“We’re going into the high bill season,” Brooms said. “This is when we’re going to see usage the highest. We have tools that help to spread your bill out over 12 equal monthly payments. All of these types of tools are designed to help you in your situation, but the best way to find out about that if you have questions is to contact Duke Energy. We can work through your situation individually and try to help you.”

The Duke Energy app can be downloaded to show users how much they’re spending and on what. It can even alert users when they’re close to hitting their budgets.

Homeowners can call 800-452-2777 for more information.

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