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Electric bills soaring; tips to help you reign in costs this summer

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Attorney General Maura Healey says help is out there for Massachusetts residents who could be seeing their electric bills increase as much as 30 percent this summer. Healey says on average, people are paying an additional $50 a month. And she anticipates natural gas bills rising as well this winter.

The office has launched an education campaign to remind consumers of ways they can save money, despite rising rates.

“Check with MassSave,” Healey said in an interview with Boston 25 News. “That’s a program where you can have someone come for free and audit your apartment, audit your home, and figure out ways to make your place more energy efficient so you’ll end up spending less money.”

Healey says there are other simple things you can do around the house right now.

“Another thing you can do right now is go to your air conditioner. Even if you raise your temperature by a degree or two, that can result in real savings on your electricity bill,” she said.

Healey also says just pulling the shades and reducing sun light in the home will make a difference.

She also suggests reaching out to your utility provider to ask about a payment plan if you’re financially struggling. That will prevent any risk of being shut off.

And, beware of competitive suppliers. Healey says if a company is knocking on your door, offering you a lower rate, know those are usually just introductory offers. You could end up paying much more in the end.

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