High temperatures mean high power bills

      As Dawn Wayland spends time with her family in her home, she can't help but to think about her upcoming power bill. She pays close to $300 a month. But because of the summer heat, her air conditioning unit has been on non-stop. Wayland says she's on a budget, and her bill will probably jump by $100 more this billing cycle. That will leave her with a $400 power bill.

      Wayland says, "It's frustrating when heat waves, or tornadoes or anything that comes along that kind of backs you up." She usually keeps her air on 72 degrees and cuts her lights off when no one is in the room to cut the cost.

      We caught up with Isaac Pigott with Alabama power who says even though you may have to pay more during the summer, there are ways to save. Pigott says, "There are some other energy programs that help specific groups of customers and that's one of the things that our customer service reps can help you find."

      Pigott provided the following tips...{}

      1. Refresh your air filter, they save you money on your energy purchases by making it easier for the system to work.
      2. Adjust your thermostat; if you change the temperature often during the day, you are more likely to waste energy.
      3. Be a fan of a fan.

      Pigott says, "Set that thermostat at 78 degrees and then run a fan, because under that circumstance, running that fan can make things feel two or three degrees cooler than it really is."

      That's what Wayland is doing now. While her air is on, she runs a fan and does everything she can to cut the cost on her power bill, and to stay cool.