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Oklahoman Published: July 31, 2012

Electricity conservation

Customers can take several steps to reduce electricity demand and lower bills, according to Oklahoma utilities:

Raise air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees, or the highest comfortable temperature.

Use fans, which can help make a room feel 5 degrees to 6 degrees cooler.

Keep blinds and drapes closed, especially along south and west-facing walls.

Refrain from using large appliances such as ovens, clothes dryers, etc. during the hottest part of the day.

Heat up food with a microwave if possible.

Turn off or unplug any unnecessary electric equipment.

Ensure attics are adequately insulated.