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Experts Say Now is the Time To Save Money

By Laura Bannon
By lbannon@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - When temperatures fluctuate as much as they are expected to do over the next few days, West Tennesseans will feel it.

One West Tennessean, Rene Barnett, explained, "The weather affects me. It affects the body, everybody. I don't know how many people are keen to that kind of thing what I do is at home, I keep it down low and I put blankets over me, but today right now the thermostat is off... O-F-F."

"Yes, turning it off is fine," said Bruce Dorris of Jackson Energy Authority. When you guys at WBBJ are predicting warmer, just think to yourself, great I can save energy in this 1,2, and 5 days over the course of these next two months."

In West Tennessee January and February are the coldest two months of the year, on days where it is warmer, this is a golden opportunity to save.

Experts suggest to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees. If you heat your home with gas, then decreasing the thermostat by 10 degrees is the best way to save money. If you heat with electric then, lower your thermostat 8 degrees.

"So as we save energy we're saving coal, natural gas, we're saving all the things that go into producing electricity so it's good for the environment," said Dorris.

Dorris also told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that instead of running your whole unit, to use other outlets.

"If you figure, lets say for instance, we quoted that your central is heat is normally about 55%-58% of your bill each month, that's the single biggest thing you pay for. If you look at a ceiling fan you're looking at maybe 3-4$ a month that's what it would cost. It's cheap to run a ceiling fan."