Six energy saving tips to help maximize your "cool" potential Iqaluit NU
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Six energy saving tips to help maximize your "cool" potential
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(NC)-Want to maximize your energy efficiency and minimize the impact you have on the environment and your pocketbook this summer? Here are some easy tips and suggestions to help you stay conscientious and cool.
1. Replace your older model central air conditioning or room system with an ENERGY STAR qualified model.
2. Use a programmable thermostat to moderate your home's temperature. A properly set programmable thermostat can reduce cooling costs by up to 10 per cent - in the summer set yours to 25 degrees Celsius when you're at home, and 28 degrees Celsius when you're away so your air conditioner runs less frequently.
3. As an alternative to air conditioning, install ceiling fans to help keep rooms cooler and circulate air throughout a home. Make sure they're blowing down in summertime to maximize the cooling effect.
4. To keep the heat of the sun from infiltrating your home, shade the south and west sides of your home with awnings and leaf-bearing trees.
5. Close your window blinds (particularly on south and west facing windows) during the day to keep out the hot sun.
6. Replace your furnace filter once a month - remember, the furnace fan moves the cool air from your central air conditioner in the summer; dirty filters restrict air flow and reduce efficiency.
Information on conserving electricity in your home is available online at www.everykilowattcounts.com.