CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP/KSNW) — Mega-heatwaves have baked the country this season, with some forty-million people experiencing spikes into the triple digits. Some areas in the western U.S. saw temperatures 15-to-20 degrees above average over the past week, complicating drought and energy shortages.
In Massachusetts, energy consumption is approximately 40% greater during the hot summer months. If you’re not conserving energy, the temperatures may not be the only thing rising—so could your energy bill if you’re trying to beat the heat. To keep your bill low, try keeping your air conditioner setting as warm as possible. For every degree higher on the thermostat, the air conditioner will use 1% to 3% less electricity.