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PG&E shares summer energy saving tips

PG&E shares 4 ways to reduce cooling costs this summer (PG&E photo)

The temperature is heating up in Bakersfield and that means it is time to run the air conditioner and turn on fans. One thing you don't want to do is run up your electricity bill.

PG&E spokesperson, Katie Allen, stopped by Eyewitness News Tuesday morning to share the four ways you can reduce cooling costs ahead of summer.

Allen said the first thing you can do is raise the thermostat when at home and turn it up when leaving. She said the temperature can vary depending on your home but it is recommended to set the thermostat to 78 degrees when home and turn it up to 85 when not at home.

The second tip Allen offered was to check your air filters once a month. She said dirty filters can make your system work harder.

The third tip is to buy a smart thermostat for your home. Allen said you can receive a rebate through PG&E's Smart Thermostat Rebate.

The final tip Allen offered is to maintain your air conditioner. You can get a free AC assessment with PG&E's AC Quality Care Program.

For more energy saving tips you can visit www.pge.com.

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