Usually when we talk about El Paso Electric, we're talking about electric bills going up. This time there is some good news - El Paso Electric customers in Texas will see a decrease in their bills during the peak usage season of the summer because of a temporary fuel refund.

EP Electric filed a request to issue the refund over a four-month period. If both the refund and refund period are approved, you will see a ranging from $4.57 to $5.43 per month from June through September of this year.

Officials with EPE said “As the temperatures continue to rise and energy usage typically increases, the proposed temporary fuel refund is timely for our Texas customers.” But they also said that even though customers will see a decrease in their bill during the hot summer months, "customers should continue to be mindful of their energy usage during the summer season.”

There are a couple of things you can do to save on your electric bill during the summer months:

1. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees when you are home, and 85 when there is no one home.
2. Run appliances like your washer and dryer or dishwasher at night when it's cooler so they don't heat up your home.
3. Keep shades and curtains drawn during the day to cut down on heat from the sun.
4. Don't run your air conditioner with open windows or doors.

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