Power outages aren’t the only thing during the winter months; it’s necessary to deal with the high electric bills. But it doesn’t have to put that much of a strain on your pocketbook. American electric power has a few tips for customers that will cut energy usage and save money. The easiest and most cost effective is to simply set your thermostat at around 68 degrees. Another idea is to set the water heater temperature at a moderate 140 degrees, and use the hot water sparingly. For more energy saving tips you can log onto www.aep.com.