"This is pretty nasty isn’t it."
Bob Woodall sees dirty air conditioners every day.
And he says a dirty a-c unit, can cost you a lot especially in the summer heat.
In fact he had more than one hundred calls in a weekend for a-c problems.
“The heat and humidity put such a strain on especially old equipment. A lot of times we go out there and the filters are stopped completely up and it’s like having a vacuum cleaner with a dirty bag.” Bob Woodall of Bob Woodall Air Care Systems said.
Cleaning your a-c unit and making sure you change your filter is important.
But there are also some other things you can do.
“If you’re gone all day a lot of people think you go and cut the thermostat off I don’t recommend that, the industry doesn’t recommend that. I recommend bumping the thermostat up three or four degrees higher when you’re not there and when you get home in the evening you lower it back down.” Woodall said.
“Caulk around doors windows, attic insulation wall insulation. Make sure your home is properly insulated.” Wiregrass Electric Member Services Director Brad Kimbro said.
Power companies say this is the time they start getting calls for higher bills as well.
And for the first time, wiregrass electric has started a new program to try and lower costs for its customers.
“We were able, as wiregrass electric, to provide a pre-paid option. Our members can pre-pay for electricity and what this does is instead of the meter reading it and sending you a bill every thirty days after you use it. You pre-pay for electricity and the meter counts it down as you are using it.” Kimbro said.
If your balance gets too low, an alert will be sent to your smart phone or your e-mail.
“Pre-pay really helps a lot of people control their bill it will help them be in control and see what their usages are.” Kimbro said.
This will allow customers to track how much electricity they use each day, and help save money in the long run
Kimbro says if customers decide to go with the pre-paid program, they will not have to make a deposit.
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