Home cooling costs increase as much as 76 percent in June

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Dominion Virginia Power said the energy needed to cool a house in June this year could be as much as 76 percent higher than June 2009.

The power company said that record temperatures in June have caused cooling costs to increase an average of 76 percent in Richmond, 55 percent in Northern Virginia and 53 percent in Hampton Roads. Virginia recorded the hottest June on record for Richmond since 1943.

Dominion provided these tips to lower cooling costs:

-Raise the thermostat. For every one degree increase, residents will see a savings of 1 percent or more.

-Ensure ceiling fans are blowing air downward.

-Close drapes during the hottest part of the day.

-Wash dishes and clothes during the coolest part of the day to avoid adding heat and humidity to your home.

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