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Tips to Save Electricity at Home This Summer

Reduce summer cooling costs with these easy energy efficiency tips.

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Households can follow these recommendations from the Consumer Guide for Home Energy Savings to help reduce summer cooling costs:

Insulate your attic.

Insulation isn't just for cold weather. With the hot sun beating down on your roof, a lot of heat can be absorbed into and get trapped in your attic. This hot air will leak into the rest of your house if your attic isn't properly insulated.

Turn off or replace inefficient appliances and light bulbs.

Inefficient appliances, incandescent light bulbs, and electronics not only use a lot of energy, but also give off excess heat. Installing compact fluorescent light bulbs throughout your house can shave $100 off an average home's annual electricity bill.

Keep the heat out.

Use window shades to manage heat gain during the day and airflow at night, and consider more reflective, light-colored roofing and siding products. These measures can reduce your peak cooling demand by 10-15%.

Increase your comfort range with fans.

With fans that create breezes, you will probably be comfortable with the thermostat set at about 78°F (unless humidity is high). For each degree you are able to raise the thermostat, you will save 3-5% on air conditioning costs. Just remember that fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave. Whole-house fans that bring in cool night-time air can "pre-cool" the house and reduce energy use during the daytime, if the daytime heat is kept out by closing the windows and shades.

More tips for what you can do today, tomorrow, and throughout the year in your household can be found at

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