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Top Ways To Save Energy This Summer and Cut Your Home Cooling Costs

Posted on: July 8, 2013

As much as 60 percent of the average home’s energy costs come from heating and air conditioning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With a few home improvements and changes in your household routine you can greatly decrease the amount of money you spend on your utility bill.

  1. Seal Air Leaks – Fixing drafty windows, doors and outlets will keep the cool air inside in the summer and prevent heat loss in the winter.
  2. Use to CFL or LED Lights – Conventional incandescent bulbs emit a lot of heat. You’ll save electricity and keep your home cooler with energy-efficient light bulbs.
  3. Curtains and Blinds – Keep south and west facing windows covered on hot days and opened during cool evenings.
  4. Program The Thermostat – Program the thermostat to turn air conditioning off when you’re away.
  5. Add Attic Insulation –  Insulation will cut heating and cooling costs by 10 percent or more.
  6. Ventilate Your Attic – Ventilation fans prevent excessive heat from accumulating up in the attic.
  7. Check Your Air Ducts – Sealing and insulating your home’s air distribution system will increase your cooling system’s efficiency.
  8. Plant a Tree –  Deciduous trees will shade your home in summer while allowing the warmth of the sun through in the winter.
  9. Scheduled Maintenance – Regular maintenance is essential for keep your home heating and cooling system operating reliably and at peak efficiency.
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