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From cooling center to energy tips, key info as heat soars across CSRA

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 3:44 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2021 at 1:48 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - With the CSRA enduring searing temperatures, here are some things to keep in mind:

Cooling center will be open

Grovetown has opened a cooling center at Liberty Park, 1040 Newmantown Road, with these hours: Sunday: 1-6 p.m.

Cool water will be available, city officials said.

Donate a fan — or get one if you need it

The city of Grovetown has an ongoing fan drive to help residents stay who may not have air conditioning.

The city is giving away fans while supplies last at City Hall, 103 Old Wrightsboro Road. It’s also accepting fans there Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can drop off fans at the help and information desk in the lobby.

For more information or to request a fan, call 833-464-8696.

Coping with hot weather

Heat is the leading cause of weather-related fatalities across the United States, on average killing more than 100 people each year. Numerous people and groups are at risk of heat-related illnesses, including children, pregnant women, older adults, emergency responders, outdoor workers, and even athletes. Additionally, people with certain medical/health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes are at greater risk.

Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, a thread pulse, and possible fainting and vomiting. If you experience heat exhaustion, stop all outdoor activity and move to a cooler place. Drink cool water or sports drink. If your symptoms don’t improve within one hour, seek medical attention. Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature reaches 106 Fahrenheit or higher. Symptoms include hot dry skin, rapid breathing, racing pulse, and possible unconsciousness. Seek medical attention immediately.

During periods of extreme heat, take the following precautions:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Never leave children or pets in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. If you have to be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioned vehicle and drink plenty of water. Never work alone, use the buddy system, in case you start to feel sick.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.

The power to save energy

Georgia Power encourages customers to prepare for summer heat and take advantage of energy-saving tips and programs, free resources and tools to help minimize the impact of increased energy usage during the heat of summer on their electric bills.

Georgia Power is also reminding customers to review their current rate plan and select the one that best fits their budget and lifestyle. The company offers a variety of flexible and customizable rate plans to minimize the impact of higher temperatures and increased energy use on electric bills.

Additionally, the company offers energy assistance programs to those in need of help paying or reducing their monthly energy bill.

Simple tips focused on savings as the summer heats up:

  • Set it for the season: Set thermostats to 78 degrees and use fans to keep you feeling cooler. For every degree higher you maintain your thermostat, you can see up to a 3-4% decrease in energy use.
  • Feel the flow; free your filters: Clean or change your air filters monthly. Dirty filters can block airflow, making your system work harder to keep you comfortable. Clear spaces around your air returns and vents to prevent airflow blockage.
  • Phase out phantom energy loss: Unplug your electronic devices when not in use and use smart power strips. Consider energy-saving settings, which are often available on newer equipment and appliances.
  • Manage your spin cycle: When washing clothes, try to wash and dry full loads only, and in cold water.
  • Cool down the kitchen: Use your oven sparingly. Consider cooking options such as the microwave, slow cookers and outdoor grills.
  • Fill your fridge: Solids and liquids are easier to cool than air. Try to keep your refrigerator set to the temperature recommended by the manufacturer for optimal performance.
  • Keep the heat out: Close your curtains and blinds during peak hours of the day to keep the sun’s heat out.

Choose the right plan at for your budget and lifestyle www.GeorgiaPower.com/Pricing, with options including:

  • Smart UsageThis plan can provide savings by implementing small changes in how and when you use electricity. Electric appliances such as clothes dryers, ovens and dishwashers are some of the biggest energy users and, by using these appliances at different times, you can reduce your monthly energy bill.
  • FlatBillThis plan offers a 12-month fixed contract price that does not fluctuate when your power usage does – eliminating surprises and preventing higher bills during the summer months.
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle – A great option for electric vehicle drivers who can charge their EVs during nighttime hours and take advantage of lower-priced energy.
  • Nights and Weekends – If you can shift when you use electricity during the summer months to the evening, the Nights & Weekends rate is for you. By changing when you wash dishes, do laundry or cool your home, savings add up annually.
  • PrePay This plan allows you to pay as you go and add funds as needed. It requires no deposit, credit check or reconnection fees.
  • Pay by Day – Combines the control of PrePay with the certainty of a fixed daily price like FlatBill that allows you to lock in a fixed daily price over an entire year.
  • Residential Service – Georgia Power’s basic rate plan is available to all residential customers. This plan has a monthly base charge and a rate that changes based on your monthly usage and the time of year.

Georgia Power partners with nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations to offer assistance programs to those in need, with information available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyAssistance. Programs include:

  • The Salvation Army’s Project SHARE – Established in partnership with The Salvation Army, Georgia Power customers can provide assistance to residents in the same community for expenses, such as utility bills, housing, food and medical necessities.
  • Georgia Power’s Senior Citizen Discount – Georgia Power customers 65 years of age or older who meet the income requirements for eligibility can receive up to $24 a month off their bill.
  • Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program - The Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program helps eligible income-qualified customers make free energy efficiency improvements to their single-family home. At no cost to the customer, a program contractor performs the recommended energy efficiency upgrades. Customers can learn more and apply at www.GeorgiaPower.com/HEEAP.
  • HopeWorks – HopeWorks and Georgia Power are offering senior residential customers valuable information on ways to save money on their energy bill while keeping their home comfortable and efficient.

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