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GREENWELL SPRINGS - Demco customers may notice an increase in their utility bills during these last summer months.

As the temperature rises in South Louisiana, Demco officials said they've noticed a 5 percent increase in electricity bill usage from their customers this July compared to last July. They said people are using more power to keep cool during the hottest months. According to the electricity experts, the increase peaks during the evening hours when most people are home.

"If your bill is higher, it's an lot easier to explain when the temperature reaches a hundred. However, we do want our folks to have bills that they're happy with, so we offer points on how to keep your bill low," said Demco Manager and Public Relations spokesperson David Latona. 

Olivia Dinwiddie, a Demco customer, said she makes an effort throughout the year to save as much energy as she can in her home to keep her bill low.

"I tend to try to keep my air conditioner turned up during the day when I'm at work," said Dinwiddie. "So, I'm not running it up all day, just keeping my electronics turned off, making sure I don't leave the washer and dryer on when I'm gone."

She said she noticed her bill only went up by a dollar in July over that same month last year however, but other Demco customers say they've noticed as much as a $20 increase, and others are even more concerned about the bill for what should be a sweltering August.

Here are some interesting ways you may not think of that'll help lower your bill:
-Cook outside to avoid a hot oven or stove from warming your home.
-Try to keep doors closed and close window coverings.
-Add plants in certain areas of your home for extra shade.
-and invest in a digital thermostat. 


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