Energy audits are a great way to see where you can save energy costs, but with the extreme heat, Greenville Utilities say they have a three to four week backlog.
Greenville Utilities Energy Savings director Andy Yokim recommends the audit because he says 60 percent of a customer's bill is the result of their cooling system.
Yokim says for every degree you adjust you could be saving or adding to your bill by 3 to 5 percent. Yokim and his staff of auditors go into Greenville Utility Customers homes free of charge to help them learn how to lower their bill. He says one of the first things people should do is set their thermostat as high as they can and still feel comfortable.
Yokim also says it is a myth that leaving items plugged in, but not in use, will cost an average family $30.00 to $40.00 a month. He says it's more like $3.00 to $4.00...that when the original story came out years ago the decimal point was in the wrong place.
Yokim says another way to save some money on energy costs is to not run fans in empty rooms. Yokim says fans don't cool rooms, only people and animals, so a fan running in an empty room is wasting money and energy.