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Tips to stay cool, conserve electricity and cut energy bills this summer, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.

_Raise thermostats a few degrees, consistent with health and safety.

_Use ceiling fans to keep air circulating.

_Clean or replace air conditioner filters monthly, and service equipment annually so it is operating at peak efficiency.

_Turn off unneeded lights and appliances.

_Shut off air conditioners when leaving home for long periods. Install a timer so air conditioners turn on automatically shortly before you return.

_Defer energy-intensive use of washers, dryers and dishwashers to evening or weekends when overall demand is lower. Do full loads.

_Close blinds or shades on windows facing south or west during the day.

_Repace some of the most heavily used 100-watt incandescent bulbs with comparable 25-watt compact fluorescent bulbs that use less energy.

_Plant leafy trees and vines around your home. Also inspect your attic to ensure adequate insulation. Consider reflective tiles on the roof to reduce heat penetration.


On the Net:

Alliance to Save Energy: http://www.ase.org