According to JEA, when the heat index reaches well over 100 degrees, it is important to remember that as temperatures rise so can utility bills.
Cooling the house in the summer makes up almost 50 percent of the electric portion of the utility bill.
JEA recommends these tips to save on your utility bill.
• Set the thermostat at 78 - 80 degrees in the summer and 3 -5 degrees higher when you are not home but don't turn it off or you will lose your humidity control.
• Use insulated drapes, blinds, or shades on windows. JEA has a rebate for window film and solar screens. Go to the ShopSmart program on jea.com for more information.
• Always use the thermostat "auto" setting instead of the "on" setting for the air handler.
• Use ceiling or box fans in occupied rooms in the summer to make it feel 3 a 5 degrees cooler. Because this will make you feel cooler, you can raise your air conditioning thermostat setting, which saves more money than the cost of running fans. Remember fans cool people not rooms.
• Check and/or change/clean air filters monthly. JEA recommends that you only use the filter size and type that are recommended in your HVAC system owner's manual.
• Seal the leaks in your duct work. Don't forget the leaks around the air handler unit. JEA has a rebate available for getting duct leakage repaired. Go to the ShopSmart program on jea.com for more information.
• Weather strip doors and windows. Repair or replace broken or cracked windows. If you add up all the leaks in a typical home it would be a basketball size hole in the side of your house!
• Install a programmable thermostat if no one is routinely in your home during the day to take advantage of temperature setbacks automatically.
• Take advantage of JEA's rebate program, ShopSmart. ShopSmart offers a wide range of rebate programs to save money on those home energy upgrades.
And don't forget to stay hydrated. JEA delivered close to 33 billion gallons of water to customers last year. JEA performs hundreds of tests each month to ensure its safety.
And, JEA charges just .93 per 1000 gallons for your first 6,000 compared to buying a 20 ounce bottle of water for more than $1.