Air conditioning advice from Georgia Power in this heat wave

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) –  With record-breaking temperatures for the past few days, a lot of us are cranking up the air conditioning inside our homes to stay cool. 

But how much is enough?  

Georgia Power says you should your thermostat at 78 degrees (a little high for some of us maybe) but John Kraft with Georgia Power says that is their recommendation. 

“If you have a manual thermostat we say set it at around 78 (degrees),” he told me. “That’s a good balance of comfort and efficiency and use fans to help you feel cooler.”

Kraft recognizes some people will not want to comply with that 78-degree recommendation, but he says come as close as you can.

“And if you have a programmable thermostat use it,” he added. “Make the most of your programmable thermostat by letting it adjust the temperature for savings while you’re at work or on vacation, for example.”

He also advises to not cook on the stove, use the dishwasher or do laundry during peak usage hours which are normally from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. He says turn off lights, close shades or windows and again, don’t be shy when it comes to turning on your fans. 

Even with all these measures, you may end up with a somewhat higher electric bill come next month. That’s because the intense heat is simply making your air conditioner run longer.

“Manage that thermostat and keep it in that range but you’re still going to be using more because it’s so much hotter outside,” Kraft told us.  

He says statewide the intense heat is producing the need for more energy but Georgia Power is handling the demand. 

“We conduct our power maintenance in the spring and the fall so that we have all our power generations units available for these hot summer days,” Kraft said.

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