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LES summer electric rates in effect

LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System’s summer electric rates will be in effect for all energy used between June 1 and Sept. 30.

Energy use by LES’ customer-owners increases substantia­­lly during the summer months because they run air conditioners to combat the heat. Due to this added energy demand, rates increase slightly in the summer. However, customers can learn plenty of ways to help manage their consumption and save on energy costs with tips from LES.

“If you pay to cool your home, keep it cool by adopting some simple money-saving practices to help you stay comfortable and reduce energy use,” said Nelson Stephens, senior energy services specialist for LES.

“Many of the energy-efficiency measures we recommend require little effort and cost little or nothing to implement,” Stephens said. “By completing this checklist, customers can help keep their energy bills down as outdoor temperatures rise.”

Lower your monthly energy use with these energy-saving costs:

  • Close the shades and drapes on the sunny side of your home during the day. Pay special attention to the west side in the afternoon when the sun is the most intense.
  • Set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees. You can reduce your cooling costs 3-5 percent for each degree you raise your thermostat setting.
  • Avoid using heat-generating appliances during the hottest part of the day. Don’t heat up dinner in the oven; instead, grill outside or use a microwave.
  • Use ceiling fans in occupied rooms and raise the thermostat setting 3-4 degrees. Throughout summer, ceiling fans should run counter-clockwise to help people feel cooler.
  • Check your furnace/air conditioner filter. A dirty filter restricts airflow causing your system to run longer, raising energy costs.
  • Replace incandescent lights with fluorescent or LED lighting. Most of the energy used by incandescent bulbs is given off as heat, whereas fluorescent or LED lighting lasts longer and uses less energy. They can save you up to 80 percent on lighting costs!
  • Set your water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or between the low and medium setting. This will help keep your family safe and your energy bills down.
  • Do not set your dehumidifier’s control any lower than is necessary to keep the area at a reasonable humidity level between 50 to 55 percent.

Customers can visit LES.com to see LES’ rate schedules, learn more tips on reducing energy usage and find ways to better predict and understand their monthly utility bills. For ways to save during every season, sign up for the utility’s e-newsletters: “em • Powered” for residential customers and “EnergyLine” for commercial customers.