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These steps can lower your electric bill during the summer heat

The National Weather Service is forecasting the heat index in Williamsburg to reach 105 degrees Tuesday. (WYDaily/Courtesy of NWS)
The National Weather Service is forecasting the heat index in Williamsburg to reach 105 degrees Tuesday. (WYDaily/Courtesy of NWS)

With temperatures reaching the mid-90s Tuesday, there are steps Greater Williamsburg residents can take to stay cool and keep their electric bill down.

Dominion Energy recommends keeping window blinds, shades and drapes closed during the day to reflect the sun’s rays and keep the home cooler, according to a Dominion press release.

To keep the heat outside, seal air leaks around doors and windows with caulk and weather stripping.

Fans can help circulate cool air and make a room feel five degrees cooler, allowing one to turn the thermostat down.

Avoid using stoves, ovens, dishwashers or clothes dryers during the day to avoid adding extra heat to the home. Homeowners should also replace HVAC filters to prevent strain or a breakdown.

Seniors are encouraged to apply for a free single-room air conditioning unit. Call 1-800-552-3402 to find out how to apply. Eligibility is based on income.

Low-income households can apply for help through Dominion Energy’s EnergyShare’s Cooling Assistance program.

Assistance can go toward the purchase and installation of window AC units, repair of central AC, and help paying electric bills.

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