SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Wednesday was the 4th day of the year's 4th heat wave, and it's taking a toll on people's moods and wallets.
People told 22News they're not looking forward to this month's electric bill. Air conditioners across western Massachusetts have been working overtime to keep people cool.
People are looking for relief, but comfort comes at a price.
John Weliczko of Ware told 22News, "New Englanders are not used to that kind of thing. They're used to the cold, but I don't think they're used to excessive heat, and if it goes on for three more days, we're going to feel it."
People told 22News they're electric bills have doubled. The heat is forcing them to stay inside and run the air conditioner longer. They also circulate air with fans, order delivery or eat out instead of turning on the oven, and people blasting the A/C in the car means more money at the pump. It's a cycle of spending that people have been noticing.
"Absolutely, I constantly turn my A/C at home. I don't turn it off, especially with the heat wave. I've been burning a lot more gas in my car," said Tarik Clark.
Exactly how much more you spend varies from person to person. But even people who don't know the numbers, know it'll be an increase.
"I haven't looked at the electric bill yet. I know it's going to be high up there because we've been running it," said Nick Gordon of Agawam.
To save yourself money on these hot days.
- Hang the laundry outside, instead of using the dryer.
- Pack the dishwasher, never run a half-load.
- Install a programmable thermostat; experts say you can reduce your bill by 10%.