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5 Ways to Stay Cool and Save Energy this Summer

May 28, 2012 10:01 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Saving energy is hot. Even us energy aficionados could use a refresher on the best practices for lowering our monthly utility bills. Keep your home cool and avoid exorbitant electricity costs during the sweltering summer months by following these tips from the U.S. Department
of Energy.

  1. Conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.
     
  2. Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently
    Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

  3. Use Fans and Ventilation Strategies to Cool Your Home
    If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

  4. Keep Your Cooling System Running Efficiently
    Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment.

  5. Don't Heat Your Home with Appliances and Lighting
    On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.

To read more about each of these cost-cutting methods,  click here.  Find more energy saving tips at energysavers.gov.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy


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