Westchester Power Provides Tips on “Downsizing” Energy Bill Costs

When it gets hot, your fight-or-flight response kicks in and you reach for the air conditioner on-switch. That’s natural, but it does have an impact on the environment, as well as your electricity bill.

As temperatures begin to rise, so too will many electric bills. Staying cool in the warmer months usually comes at a price—one that negatively impacts the environment and drains the wallet. Every summer, air conditioners across the country are set to high, hoping to combat the sweltering heat. While this solution offers short term relief from the heat, it takes a toll on the environment with emissions and energy use, and can lead to headaches down the road when extra digits appear on summer month bills.

Westchester Power is a community-based bulk energy purchasing program designed to increase the use of renewable energy and lower costs throughout the county. Having recently launched “emPowering Green Energy,” a consumer education program, the organization has compiled a “Top 10” list of tips to help residents keep their electric bills in check this summer.

“When it gets hot, your fight-or-flight response kicks in and you reach for the air conditioner on-switch. That’s natural, but it does have an impact on the environment, as well as your electricity bill,” said Dan Welsh, program director of Westchester Power, a program of Sustainable Westchester. “Here at Sustainable Westchester, we are working on the large-scale programs to meet local and state energy goals, but there’s lots individuals can do, while still staying in the comfort zone.”

Westchester Power’s Tips to Cut Costs on Summer Energy Bills

1. Get a fixed rate electricity plan. The higher demand for electricity in the summer comes with higher rates. With a fixed…

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