Beat The High Power Bills This Summer

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Knoxville (WVLT) - TVA is expecting another record-breaking summer for power demand. They expect usage to increase more than one thousand mega watts this year. So will you see that increase reflected in your bill this summer?

Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt spoke with TVA and KUB officials and joins us live with more details.

It's may second and we're already seeing high's in the mid 80's here in East Tennessee.

Many of you have already turned on your air conditioners and that could mean you'll be paying more.

The fountains at World's Fair Park are not only cool.

"The kids have been out in the park all day, they were hot so we brought them down to the park," says Jennifer Dove.

They're a cheap way to beat the heat.

"Free parking, free water," and those extra bucks Jennifer Dove saves by bringing her kids to the fountain, may be useful if her KUB bill goes up.

TVA says they're expecting a record-breaking summer.

In 2006, TVA had a record demand of 32,000 thousand megawatts of power.

This year they expect 33,000 thousand or more, that's a 2% growth every year.

"Basically that's driven by increased population, increased economic activity and temperatures," Gil Francis from TVA.

So as the temperature rises, does that mean your bills will too?

KUB says the more your air conditioner runs, the higher your bill is going to be.

"It's gonna depend on your comfort level, we recommend that you set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible," says KUB's Jennifer Fern.

And that's how Jennifer saves each month, she has an 'open window policy'. "We open the windows, and use fans//turning off lights when you leave the room, even for a couple of minutes, unplugging your tv, those things really start to add up and you see a significant difference."

TVA is also prepared for the heat.

"We've got contracts in place to purchase power during some of the hottest days and since last summer we've added almost 1200 mega watts of new generation to system so have more power generation available," says Francis.

So to keep your bills down, turn your thermostat up.

"If you can withstand to have your home a little bit warmer than normal, then that's gonna help keep your bill down a little bit," Fern says.
KUB also says to keep your blinds and curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day, don't run appliances, like your washer or dryer during the day, and turn lights off when you're not using them.