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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When temperatures rise socanutility bills.

JEA recommendsthe following tips to save money in the hotter months:

• Set the thermostat to 78 - 80 degrees in the summer, or around five degrees higher when no one is home. The shift can savesix to eight percent per degree in the summer.

• Use insulated drapes, blinds, or shades on windows to keep the heat out and the cooling system won't kick on as often. Efficient use of window shading can saveup to 12 percent on the cooling portion of the utility bill.

• Use the thermostat's "auto" setting instead of the "on" setting forthe air handler.

• Use ceiling or box fans in occupied rooms to make it feel 3 - 5 degrees cooler. Because this will makepeople feel cooler,the thermostat setting can be raised so that it runs less and saves more money than the cost of running fans. Remember fans cool people, not rooms.

• Change or clean air filters monthly.

• Seal leaks in the cooling ducts. Don't forget the leaks around the air handler unit. Depending on the size of the leak, sealing the ductwork can save 1 - 30 percent on the cooling portion ofa utility bill.

• Weather strip doors and windows. Repair or replace broken and cracked windows. Tightly sealed windows keep the cool air from escaping and can save up to eight percent on the cooling portion of a utility bill.

• Install a programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat can save 5 - 15 percent on the cooling portion.

• Take advantage of JEA's rebate program, Shop Smart with JEA. ShopSmart offers a wide range of rebate programs to save money on those home energy upgrades.

• Sign up for JEA's MyBudget program, which evens outenergy costs sothe bill isabout the same amount each month, making it easier to managemonthly expenses. Learn more about JEA's MyBudget program.

• Go toJEA for more energy-saving tips.

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