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Keep your power bill from emptying your bank account

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's only early June, but triple-digit temperatures are already here.

If you're new to the Valley, you might be surprised to discover how much higher your electric bill will be during the summer months.

However, a few simple practices can save you up to 25 percent on your power bill.

"Making sure your blinds are shut, making sure you turn your thermostat up when you leave the house [will save you money]," said NV Energy's Pamela Hilts.

Hilts recommends you keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees when you're home and 85 when you're away.

Air conditioning typically accounts for between 60 and 70 percent of your summer electric bill. During the hottest parts of the day, you should try to avoid running other appliances.

"The best time to run it [other appliances] is when it's not hot outside, because your air conditioner is already working hard during the middle of the day to bring the inside temperature down. If you also throw in some cooking and you heat up the house with the oven and throw in your dryer or any of those types of appliances that are going to heat up the inside of your house, your AC is going to have to work that much harder," Hilts said.

If it's not too hot outside, you also might consider turning your air conditioner off and running portable or ceiling fans. Instead of running your oven, fire up the grill.

Homes with pools typically use nearly 50 percent more energy than homes without them. If you have one, don't run the pump all day.

"It's really important that you do have a good pool pump in there, but a lot of times you may not need to run it quite as long - six to eight hours a day is probably plenty," Hilts said.

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