EPA Offers Cooling Tips for Every Budget this Summer

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program suggests low to no-cost energy efficient cooling tips to beat the heat this summer.  By taking steps this summer to improve energy efficiency, you can save energy, money and help fight climate change.

 Try these simple tips to start saving today:

  • Program your thermostat to work around your family’s summer schedule.  With proper use, programmable thermostats can save you about $180/year in energy costs.
  • Check your HVAC system’s air filter every month.  If the filter looks dirty, change it, but change the filter at least every 3 months.  A dirty filter will slow air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.
  • Run your ceiling fan to create a cool breeze.  Remember that ceiling fans cool you and not the room, so when you leave be sure to turn off the fan.
  • Pull the curtains and shades closed before you leave your home to keep the sun’s rays from overheating the inside of your house.  
  • If you can, move container trees and plants in front of sun-exposed window to serve as shade.

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