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Cooling Tips start by looking for the Energy Star seal when buying anything new that uses energy.Summer is officially here and everyone is looking for cooling tips to not only save money, but avoid sweltering in the dog days of summer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program has announced its list of top ways to save energy, save money and protect the climate during the warm weather months. The average home’s annual energy bill is over $2,000, with almost half going to cooling and heating costs. By taking a few simple steps, American families can find ways to save energy no matter their budget.

Cooling Tips With Various Cost Levels

Cooling Tips – At Cost

  • Program your thermostat to work around your family’s summer schedule. Set it a few degrees higher when no one is home, so your cooling system isn’t cooling an empty house. With proper use, programmable thermostats can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
  • Check your heating and cooling system’s air filter every month. If the filter looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter will slow air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool—wasting energy.
  • Run your ceiling fans to create a cool breeze. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fans, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent. Remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room, make sure to turn off the fan.
  • Close the curtains and shades before you leave your home to keep the sun’s rays from overheating the interior of your home. If you can, move container trees and plants in front of sun-exposed windows to act as shade.
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Cooling Tips – Low-Cost

  • Remember to have your heating and cooling system serviced annually to ensure it’s running at optimum efficiency for money and energy savings.
  • Swap out incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient lighting choices—Energy Star certified lighting not only uses less energy, it also produces about 75 percent less heat than incandescent lighting, so cooling bills will be reduced too.
  • Seal your ducts. As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poor connections. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape, and insulate all the ducts that you can access (such as those in attics, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, and garages).
  • Make sure connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet your floors, walls, and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.

Cooling Tips – Medium-to-Higher Cost

  • When buying a room AC unit, look for one that has earned the Energy Star. If all room air conditioners sold in the United States were Energy Star certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $520 million each year and 7 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 670,000 vehicles.
  • You can save up to $200 a year in heating and cooling costs (or 10 percent on your energy bill) by sealing and insulating your home with Energy Star. When correctly installed with air sealing, insulation can deliver comfort and lower energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the year.
  • Hire a contractor to seal and insulate the interior ductwork in your home (the ducts you can’t reach yourself).
  • If your central AC unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a model that has earned EPA’s Energy Star could cut your cooling costs by 30 percent.
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Hopefully these cooling tips will help you not only save money this summer, but help you stay cooler in the process.

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