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Friday, July 30, 2010 - 2:02pm

Cool Air Comes at a High Price

There’s a high cost to keeping cool, and Georgia Power customers have really felt the heat with bills that have doubled or even tripled this summer.

This season’s usage peaked on Thursday at 17,014 megawatts. But that number is still far behind the all-time record of nearly 18,000 megawatts in August 2007.

Company spokesman Brian Green says their summer rate isn’t what’s causing the steep fees. It’s the heat wave that’s been putting a strain on their AC units and on people's wallets.

“We do have a summer rate at Georgia Power," Green says. "But the triple and increase in bills is really attributed to the fact that most of the AC units are running a lot harder and a lot longer just to keep houses cool in the summer months, especially when you’re seeing temperatures in the mid to high 90’s.”

The company encourages customers to follow their energy saving tips to keep costs down. They say to keep the thermostat at 78 degrees, close blinds or curtains, and change air filters on a regular basis.

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