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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ten Ways to Save Energy This Summer

Here in New Jersey we are having a heat wave this weekend. With the himidity, it will feel as though the temperture is over 100 degrees. I am sure all air conditioning units will be on, but are you worried about high energy costs this summer?

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that summer air-conditioning accounts for more than 16 percent of annual energy spending.

Here's 10 ways to help save energy

1. If you have not already done so, have your air-conditioner checked by a qualified professional. Servicing typically includes a check on refrigerant levels, the compressor, hoses, the ductwork and the thermostat.

2. Turn up your thermostat – set the thermostat at 74 degrees when you are at home and up to 85 degrees when you will be away. A programmable thermostat is an excellent way to save energy and maintain home comfort year-around.

3. Make sure your thermostat is not located near lamps or electronic appliances. It can sense heat from these devices and make your air-conditioner run longer.

4. Replace air conditioner filters – dirty filters restrict air flow and cause your system to run longer, thus wasting energy. Replace your filter at least once per month.

5.Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.

6. On warm, sunny days, keep window coverings closed to prevent solar heat gain.

7. Use ceiling or room fans in occupied rooms. These will get air moving and help to reduce the temperature.

8. Have the windows in your home tinted. Tinting is effective at blocking the rays of the sun from reflecting through the glass of your windows and into your home.

9. Install a whole house fan. These devices circulate cool air throughout your house and exhaust hot air out of the attic.

10. If your air conditioning unit is older, consider replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. Make sure and look for the Energy Star label, your guarantee of the highest energy performance

2 comments:

Alan Bamboo said...

Don't you find 78F hot ?
I could settle for 74F

AC Associates said...

Hi Alan, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you are right. It was actually a typo on my part. I meant to type 74. That's what I keep mine set to and it's comfortable, especially when it's very hot and humid outside.

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