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Energy bills up as people spend more time at home during COVID-19 pandemic

As we try to save money, Entergy Arkansas is providing some ways to reduce our electricity and save money during the summer.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Like every Arkansas summer, it's hot, and that means the air conditioner is going. However, this year is different and your energy bill could be higher.

Entergy Arkansas estimates there is 7% more electricity being used due to more people working from home.

"We are looking for ways to advise customers to conserve electricity, said David Lewis with Entergy Arkansas. "We want people to enjoy the benefits of electricity everyday, but we don't like to see it wasted anymore than they do."

Lewis recommends to check for cracks around your windows and doors that could be letting the outside air in. Closing the window blinds and shutting the curtains can also keep your home cool. 

Programmable or smart thermostats can also be a good tool to save energy. The temperature can be set higher or lower, depending on when you're at home. 

Also, don't be afraid to turn on those fans, but remember those fans should be turned off when you leave the room.

If you need help learning about ways you can conserve energy in each room of your household, Entergy Arkansas provides a breakdown of ways to save for each area. It can be found here.

"Fans cool people, but they don't cool rooms. So if you're not in the room, turn off the fan or else your wasting the energy with the fan," said Lewis.

Entergy Arkansas also provides A/C tune ups and energy saving audits to help you know the most efficient ways to help save you electricity and money.

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