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Tips to save energy and keep cool

  1. Keep shades closed when the air conditioner is on. Sunny windows account for up to 40% percent of unwanted heat, and can make your air conditioner work two to three times harder.
  2. Use cold water to wash dishes and clothes. This will save on water heating costs. Schedule a wash for early morning or late evening to prevent from adding more heat and humidity to your home. If used during the day, appliances produce additional heat, causing your air conditioner to work harder.
  3. Raise your thermostat to 70 Degrees. If you are away from home for more than eight hours, raise the thermostat setting, and you can expect to save 3% savings on cooling costs for each degree set back. This is the number one way to conserve energy in your home.
  4. Turn the lights off when exiting a room. They add to the heat in the home. Consider replacing incandescent bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting. Remember to recycle whenever possible.
  5. Unplug equipment or appliances not in use. Electric chargers, televisions and audio/video equipment use electricity and produce heat even when they are not in use. Running an older refrigerator can use up to 3X the energy of a modern one. 
  6. Use weather-strip and caulk. Apply around doors and windows to rid your house of drafts and prevent leaking of heated and cooled air.
  7. Install low-flow shower head and faucets. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and reduce energy and hot water use.
  8. Install ceiling fans and make sure they are blowing down. Moving air over the body provides a cooling effect, can mean savings of around 25% on cooling costs, and can make the temperature seem 10 degrees cooler.
  9. Check and clean filters. Cleaning and replacing air conditioning filters monthly allows the system to run more efficiently. Clear attic vents. If the home has an attic fan, make sure it is functioning properly. 

Source: Savewithies.com

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