ATLANTA –– With temperatures frequently exceeding 90 degrees in much of the state and a heat index close to 100, Georgia Power reminds customers that the company has energy assistance programs for those who need help paying or reduce their monthly energy bill.
Support when you need it
Georgia Power offers energy assistance programs in communities across Georgia and has partnered with nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations to help eligible customers pay for their energy costs. Company programs are offered to help meet the changing needs of clients across the state, proactively identify solutions to meet their specific needs, and help determine eligibility for utility assistance and to other programs:
· Discount for seniors eligible for Georgia Power income – Georgia Power customers age 65 or older who meet income eligibility criteria can receive up to $ 24 per month on their bill.
· The Salvation Army’s SHARE project – Established in partnership with The Salvation Army, Georgia Power customers can provide assistance to residents of the same community with expenses, such as utility bills, housing, food and medical necessities. Customers can donate $ 1, $ 2, 5, or $ 10 on their monthly bill to support neighbors in need. Georgia Power equals $ 1.50 for every dollar donated up to $ 1.5 million.
Georgia Power offers efficiency tips and tools that can help all customers save money and energy throughout the year. Hundreds of simple energy tips, whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, are available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyEfficiency.
Here are some simple summer tips to save money and energy:
· Think Thermostat – Heating and cooling costs are almost half of your average electricity bill. Set manual thermostats to 78 ° F in the summer for maximum efficiency and get the most out of programmable thermostats, which help reduce energy use to suit your lifestyle. Each degree cooler can increase your bill by 4%.
· Use your fans – Using a ceiling fan costs only around $ 1.50 per month and will help you feel cooler without having to adjust your thermostat.
· Air vents – To maintain constant temperatures throughout the home, keep air vents and registers free of obstructions such as furniture, curtains and rugs.
· Cut plants and change filters – To make sure your HVAC unit receives proper airflow, change all filters and cut plants around your outdoor unit.
· Food storage – Set your refrigerator thermostat between 35 ° F and 38 ° F, and your freezer at 0 ° F to run at peak efficiency.
· Heat in the kitchen – Reduce the temperature inside your home by cooking food in the microwave or on the stove instead of the oven when possible. Match pots and pans to the size of the burner to minimize heat loss. Use lids on the pans to keep the heat in.