Tough Economy Leads Local Residents To Cut Back On Electricity Use

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Keeping cool during these hot summer days is normally as easy as flipping a switch, but the sweltering economy is throwing some families for a loop this year.

"Our electricity bill is $500 sometimes $600 a month," Debbie Cummins said.

That's when Cummins made some changes around the house in hopes of lowering that bill, but those cutbacks made for some harsh living conditions.

"We put towels under the door, and foil on our windows. We don't use central AC. When you step into the room, it's like an oven. We have been using fans. We feel like we have to save money," Cummins said.

Cummins isn't the only one trying to save and stay cool. Michael Samuels has a monthly bill that runs about $150 a month, and his technique is simple.

"Multi plug strips. It shuts all power off when not in use. I also check washer rings, make sure there are no leaks. Make sure you check installation, because cool air can leak out. Make sure windows and doors are checked to see if it doesn't escape," Michael Samuels said.

Energy providers say a few ways to save is to switch the light on only when you are in the room and make sure chargers are unplugged when they are not in use.

"We look at the bill and you think 'well I'll turn off the lights and stumble.' You kind of have to because there's other things to pay for," Laveta Shelton said.