Thursday, June 2, 2011

Be Coooool, Chilllll Out

EPA Offers Energy Tips on Summer Cooling to Help Save Money, Reduce Pollution

With summer upon us The EPA has issued its annual list of ideas to help the public cut cooling costs, protect their health and stay comfortable at home.
The average home spends almost 20 percent of its utility bill on cooling. Increased energy production to run cooling systems not only raises costs, it also can contribute to pollution that adversely affects the quality of the air we breathe.
Here are 7 simple steps to keep you and your wallet ool over the next efw months:
• Change to More Efficient Light Bulbs
• Find the Best Thermostat Settings to meet your family's activities schedule and health needs
• Use Ceiling Fans Optimally. Run your ceiling fan to create a cool breeze. but remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room
• Maximize Shade by pulling curtains and shades closed before you leave your home to keep the sun’s rays from overheating your home.
• Reduce Oven Time. Use a microwave instead of an oven to cook, when you can.
• Check Air Conditioner Filters every month. If the filter looks dirty, change it.
• Plug Duct System Leaks. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulate all the ducts that you can access.

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