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Experts Offer Tips on Cutting Back On Energy Usage During Heat Wave

With most of the country experiencing warm weather and some parts having temps in the triple digits how can a homeowner cut back on energy usage and still be comfortable? It could be as easy as
buying an Energy Star-rated programmable thermostat for as little as $25.

Ronnie Kweller, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy in Washington said “When the house is empty, the thermostat could be turned up and set to have the temperature drop to more comfortable levels by the time you arrive home.” Just doing that can cut energy expenses by 10 percent.

Other fairly easy ways to cool include replacing air-conditioning filters regularly (watch a video on how to change your home air filter at: http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Change-a-Home-Air-Filter-33284690 )as recommended by the manufacturer; closing blinds, curtains and shades on the sunny side of the house, and using energy-efficient lights that don’t produce a lot of heat — or just shutting off the lights when you leave a room.

To get more tips read the full article at: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/26/2282886/save-energy-and-stay-cool-this.html

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AC Bills Killing You? Try Natural Cooling Strategies

Are your electrical bills high from your AC this summer?  What about trying some natural cooling strategies.  Increasing ventilation and adding ceiling fans may give you  needed relief.  If you live in an older home you may already have natural cooling strategies already built-in into your home.

This is one strategy used on new homes:

Read more about natural cooling strategies at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/natural-cooling-zm0z11zphe.aspx