Record Hot Summer Means Higher Utility Bills
Some Families Paying More Than $100 For Air, Water
Omaha, NE - The record hot temperatures this Summer has some people feeling the pinch in their wallet.
For several families metrowide, utility bills have now topped out at more than $100, but you don't have to feel helpless. Places like the Salvation Army, for example, are making sure those eligible for a free household fan are getting one.
"It's a way for me to help offset the cost of those high energy bills," said resident LeeAnne Weber-Riggins.
Believe it or not, saving money doesn't require a whole lot of sacrifice either. Taking care of your air conditioner, for example, can be valuable.
"You may have to wash your air conditioner two or three times in one Summer depending on how many trees are in your neighborhood," said River City Heating and Cooling Service Manager Rod Hedrick. "Of course, replacing your filter is another big one. We recommend replacing your filter monthly."
Other tips include setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible, keeping your window shades closed to block direct sunlight and not doing laundry or the dishes until after 8 P.M.
The Metropolitan Utilities District also recommends that you water your grass either late at night or early in the morning. If you don't, you'll wind up using more water and your bills could go up.