Tips to reduce energy costs during hot weather

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CULPEPER, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- When it gets really hot, everyone wants to stay as cool as possible, but running air conditioners and dehumidifiers uses a lot of power.

The Rappahannock Electric Cooperative is offering some tips to help people hold down the cost of electricity and keeping energy bills down.

The cooperative is asking its member-owners to minimize their energy use, beginning Thursday, to help reduce the demand the electricity, especially during the hottest part of the day.

"When the demand for energy is high, the cost of electricity goes up," said Tom Handley, REC's director or regulatory affairs. "Peak days and hours are times that we expect energy use to be high, so we share ways members can reduce their energy use from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m."

The first tip is to raise the temperature on the thermostat to at least 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another tip is to wait until later in the evening to use hot water, and a third is to cook on the grill instead of inside on the stove in the oven.

Finally, the use of heat-generating electronics, including gaming systems, should be limited.

Very high temperatures and possible triple-digit heat indices are anticipated over the next few days, so people should act now to help keep their costs a little lower.

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