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Five ways to save money on your power bill

Posted at 10:48 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 02:46:08-04
We've seen a few days in the 90s already and we're about to see a lot more. Soon enough, it will be in the triple digits. 13 Action News looked into how you can beat the Las Vegas heat when it comes to your power bill in order to save you money.
The owner of Rebel Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Joe Johnson, walked us through a home to show us do-it-yourself tips and tricks.
The first one is try to use your clothes dryer, dishwasher and stove during the non-peak heat times of the day.
"When you got the heat outside and you're also raising the temperature inside by a significant amount, it's almost unbearable for the air conditioner," said Johnson.
The next is try and change your filter once a month during the summer months.
"The difference between the two filters is quite possibly as much as 25 percent airflow between the clean one and the dirty one," he said.
Johnson also says when you have a dirty filter, the air conditioner has to work 25 percent longer in order to properly cool the home.
The next trick is to be done in the attic. Make yourself a homemade tool with the pole end of a broom and some toilet paper. 
"You go around the attic and you hold this up along the ductwork trunks and the ductwork lines and if you see this (the toilet paper moving) in the attic, that's not a good sign.
He says homes lose approximately 20 percent of the airflow in the attic that actually should be cooling the home.
"This is the same as money being lost right in your attic."
For a fourth do-it-yourself trick, head outside to your air conditioning system.
"Take the hose and basically you want to spray it down at an angle, as opposed to straight into the cooler cause you don't want the water to get into the motor," said Johnson.
Johnson says it's also important to have an AC company come service your system once a year for about $75. This will prevent it from completely breaking down and costing you $1,500 to replace.
Lastly, Johnson says, the biggest question he gets it, should you turn off your AC completely when you leave the house to go to work?
"The answer is, if you turn it off completely, the home can get up to as much as 90 degrees or more, and then it takes too long for the air conditioning system to cool it off. You're better off just turning it up three or four degrees," said Johnson.
Johnson says, if you can follow these tricks, you will save at least 20% on your power bill each month. So if you're paying $100, you can slash that to $80 a month.
Rebel Refrigeration and Air Conditioning can be reached at 702-734-7750.