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Despite economy, people aren't skimping on AC

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Last month was the warmest June on record, but Georgia Power isn't having any problems meeting the summer power demand.

Some people may be trying to save money by not running the air conditioning as much. Others say they'll pay whatever it takes to stay cool.

"It's super hot," said Allison Scott.

While many households are cutting back, an expenditure this Lee County resident is not skimming on is the electric bill.

She wants her home to be extra cool. "I run mine on my like 68," she said.

And she's not alone. Georgia Power says usage levels in the area aren't on the decline this summer.

Georgia Power Distribution Manager in Albany, Jay Smith, said "We're actually seeing residential usage 9.5% higher this year than last year."

Last year was a bit cooler. But during the dry, pre recession summer of 2007, Smith said Georgia Power witnessed an all time record 17,985 megawatts on system,

That record peak likely won't be an issue this year because many large factories across the state like Cooper Tire shut down creating less demand on the system.

But if the demand of your wallet overrules your demand for comfort, every degree below 78 uses 3% to 4% more electricity.

You can also cut your power bill by making sure cool air isn't escaping from your home around doors and windows and by closing curtains during the heat of the day.

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