Tips to keep your home, electric bill cool

By Jillian Marshall

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 7:08 AM EDT

Kirkwood, NY (WBNG Binghamton) NYSEG has some tips and tricks to keep local electric bills and home temperature low.

New York State Electric and Gas says to conserve energy by turning off lights and other electronics when they aren't being used because they create unnecessary heat.

Also, NYSEG suggests setting air conditioners no lower than 78 degrees -- although the average home setting is somewhere in the mid- to low-70s -- or have a thermostat that sets automatically. Officials say getting rid of the air conditioner altogether may help to put the biggest dent in utility bills.

"Very often fans will do the trick, you don't need air conditioning," said NYSEG Public Relations Manager Clayton Ellis. "If you can keep cool with a fan, don't run the air conditioning, it's going to help your bills down the road."

NYSEG says the heat and humidity put additional stress on their electricity delivery system, but it's something for which they prepare around this time every year.