How to save and stay cool during summer months - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

How to save and stay cool during summer months

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - We are only a week into the summer and the Mid-South has already seen extremely hot temperatures. The heat index has gotten as high as 107 degrees in Memphis.

With the scorching temperatures, many residents say they are concerned about covering the cost of their MLGW bills during these summer months.

"I just go on outside and sit outside," said North Memphis resident Annie Wesbie.

76-year-old Annie Wesbie has a household of five people, including her two small grandsons.

"I get $700 a month and I have to pay the light bill, telephone bill and the house note," said Wesby.

MLGW says customers will likely see an increase in their bills during these summer months.

The first step in saving money while keeping your home cool is to keep your thermostat at 78 degrees while you're home.

"Every degree below 78 degrees it virtually adds about 6 percent to your cooling cost," said MLGW spokesperson Gale Jones Carson.

Next, MLGW says use fans and close your blinds.

MLGW says if the heat index exceeds 95 degrees, it wont disconnect service for anyone 65 or older or physically challenged.

If the heat index exceeds 100 degrees, they say no customer's service will be cut off.

To read for yourself more ways to stay cool while saving money, click here

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