How to stay cool while saving energy

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How to stay cool while saving energy

July 8, 2014

Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 9:00 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN ( — You may not be feeling the summer heat yet, but it will come. And when it does, you may want to utilize one or all of these tips to stay cool and save energy.

The Division of Energy Resources has provided the following 10 tips…

-”Close curtains and blinds and pull shades during the hottest times of the day

-Set your thermostat to allow your house to be warmer than normal when you are away; when you are at home and need cooling, adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees. A programmable thermostat will make that easy.

-Keep doors and windows closed

-Keep air conditioner coils clean and free of dust and dirt to increase the efficiency and life of your equipment; also replace filters regularly.

-Use fans to produce a wind-chill effect and reduce air conditioning demand; turn the fans off when not in the room.

-Enroll in utility energy-saving programs (such as air conditioning “saver” switches) to get discounts on summer electric bills.

-Use a microwave instead of an oven to cook;

-Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes; air dry dishes and dry clothes outside.

-Take short showers-with low-flow showerheads

-Turn off lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and computers and monitors when not in use.”

The Division of Energy Resources also suggests that you have a home energy assessment conducted, but there is a fee for this.

Ramona Marozas

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