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High temperatures bring high electricity bills for residents

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Residents across the state are paying a price for staying cool. (WFSB) Residents across the state are paying a price for staying cool. (WFSB)
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

Residents across the state are paying a price for staying cool.

Channel 3's Evan White spoke with residents who feel cornered by rising electric bills.

Ed Coughlin of Rocky Hill said going without AC isn't an option.

"You don't really have too much choice. Fan isn't going to cut it. You really have to go with the AC," said Coughlin.

Coughlin predicted he'll have to pay as much as $100 more this July because of the heat.

However, Jenn Parsons of United Illuminating said there are ways to prevent such a high bill.

"You need to make sure the envelope, the surrounding structure of your home is really as air tight as it needs to be and well insulated," said Parsons.

Parsons also recommended that people with wall ACs make sure the filter is cleaned every couple of months.

The cleaning process is simple. Run it under water and wait for it to dry.

There are also rebates available if customers are upgrading central air or installing it.

Programmable thermostats are another way to keep the costs down.

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