WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Dangerously hot weather continues to hover over south central Kansas as officials are again warning citizens to be careful when working outdoors.
At 7 a.m. Thursday the outside temperature was already 76 degrees, and by noon had climbed to 95 degrees. And, the numbers just keep climbing.
KSN wanted to know if there are any specific ways to keep your electric bill in check during hot days and nights.
“It’s hot, it’s hot. I don’t know what it is, but it’s definitely hot,” said Wichitan Greg Gilman.
On hot days like these people typically run indoors and crank down the A/C. But, that can cost you money.
“I just got a recent electric bill and it was twice as high as it was last month,” said Gilman.
The government recommends you keep your thermostat at 78 degrees.
“It’s set to go at 76 first thing in the morning, at 6 o’clock in the morning, and it doesn’t go down to 72 until 9 o’clock at night,” said Katy Gray.
But, Westar Energy says making drastic changes in your thermostat can actually increase your energy bill.
“If you’re going to adjust it, we recommend like a three or four degree swing,” said Westar Energy spokesperson Shane Batchelder. “Don’t adjust it too high or too low. When it’s this hot, your air conditioners going to work that much harder to keep your home at the temperature that you set it at.”
The hotter it gets, the harder your air conditioner will have to work to cool things down. So, to reduce your energy bill, Westar recommends making your house as airtight as possible.
“Checking things like your windows and doors and making sure that they’re sealed properly. Basically, with that cold air you’re creating we don’t want it to escape,” Batchelder said.
Westar also recommends checking you insulation to help lower your electric bill.
Gilder says there’s another thing that helps cool down his house.
“We just try to keep our drapes drawn and keep it dark in there to keep the cool in and the heat out.”
Another common question is, why, if you keep your thermostat at the same temperature throughout the day, does your electric bill still rise.
Batchelder says that’s because your A/C has to work harder during the hottest part of the day.