With temperatures in Mississippi expected to dip near freezing later this week, Mississippi Power is ready to meet the expected increase in demand. Since heating and cooling costs make up about 50 percent of a residential customer’s monthly bill, taking steps to keep the cold air out and warm air in will help save customers money.
Get ready for cooler weather with these energy-saving tips:
• Set the thermostat to 68 degrees. Each degree higher increases power use by approximately 4 percent.
• Make sure doors and windows are sealed properly. Adding insulation and weather stripping and sealing air leaks around vents and pipes will keep the cold air out.
• Keep the fireplace flue closed when the fireplace is not in use.
• Change the filter in your heating system once a month to improve the efficiency.
• Use electric space heaters with caution. Don’t leave space heaters unattended and keep them away from clothing, bedding and curtains.
More winter weather tips can be found here.
The cooler weather is not expected to cause any outages. If an unexpected outage occurs, Mississippi Power crews will make repairs as quickly as possible. Customers can report and monitor outage repair progress on the Mississippi Power Outage Map.
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