With the hot weather socked in for the next several days, Ameren Illinois is reminding customers there are ways to get the most cooling out of your dollar. Typically, residential customers use more electricity during the summer months than the rest of the year. Most of this additional electricity is used to operate air conditioners.

Spokesman Victoria Busch says a few simple maintenance tips can save you money.

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She also suggests turning your thermostat up a little, if possible. For each degree you increase the temperature, you can reduce electricity use by about 3 percent. For more tips, log on to www.ActOnEnergy.com

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