SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – The temperature is still up, and so is your electric bill.

August was the hottest on record in Tyler, and you may see record breaking costs when your electrical bill arrives.

One East Texas man cut his bill by 70%, but he did have to lay out some cash first.

Dr. Howard Beggs is beating the heat, and the system with an array of things. He has 24 solar panels baking up electricity to feed his house.

“If I don’t change my usage, this will pay out in about eight years. But, it gives a return on investment of seven to eight percent, which is a lot better than you can do in a savings account,” says Beggs.

It cost around $25,000, but various rebates brought it down to $9,000.

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