Tips for beating the heat and keeping homes cool

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As the temperatures heat up and head into triple digits across the valley, there are things you can do in your home to keep it cooler during stretches of excessive heat.

Simply closing your blinds and setting your thermostat between 78 and 80 degrees can also go a long way.

Larry Hatab moved to Las Vegas two years ago and he prefers the dry heat over the humidity, but he also says it’s no joke.

“I would rather have 110 than 90 degrees in Virginia,” Hatab said.  “Stay indoors I suppose and stay in the car with air conditioning. Don’t go for a long walk.”

Hatb says he has appliances in his home that make the cooling process easier.

“We have ceiling fans in most of the rooms and in the bedrooms and we have solar screens on the windows where the sun is mostly coming in and that prevents a lot of the hot rays from coming in,” Hatab said.

From solar shades to awnings, Hatab says he has the techniques for keeping his house cool covered.  But it doesn’t stop there; Hatab says he goes to the grocery store during the mourning hours. He also wears light clothing and drinks lots of water.

“We have a refrigerator in our garage; it’s a spare regrigerator and it’s filled with water so we can get it any time we want and whenever we go out we also take some water with us,” Hatab said.

NV Energy also has valuable information to share:

Vacuum your refrigerator coils
Make sure food is cool and covered before it goes into the fridge
If your A/C unit is on the ground, keep the area around it clean and free of obstructions to maintain a flow. 

Now as heat rises, so will the electric bill, but NV Energy has an equal payment plan, which is 12 equal payments of your estimated annual bill.

Go here for more information.

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