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    Simple Tips for Staying Cool & Saving Energy

    Summer is here! Follow these tips to keep cool while keeping your home energy costs to a minimum:

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    Basic Strategies to Keep Cool

    • Close blinds and drapes or cover windows during daylight hours to keep the sun off the glass.
    • Keep your house closed during the day to keep heat out and ventilate it well at night to let cool air in.
    • Turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms. Turn off or unplug unnecessary electronics.
    • Dress for the weather. Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing on hot days to help keep cool.
    • Drink plenty of cold liquids.

    Habits that Save Energy

    • Skip the dishwasher's drying cycle. Air dry items instead.
    • Dry laundry on a clothesline.
    • Set your A/C thermostat to 78.
    • Cook more meals in your microwave or grill outdoors. This will cook your food without heating your home.
    • Use a fan with your room air conditioner to help move the cool air throughout the house.

    Investments That are Worth It

    • Shade your air conditioner; make sure it has good airflow on all sides.
    • Add insulation if needed to stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
    • Good attic ventilation keeps your house cooler.  Keep attic vents clear and attic fans functioning properly.
    • Install awnings or plant deciduous trees to shade windows on the south and and east sides of your home.
    • For the most energy-efficient home heating and cooling, install a heat pump (for homes with ductwork) or a ductless heating and cooling system (for homes with zonal heat).

    For More Information 

    For more information on energy savings tips, energy efficient rebates or a free in-home energy audit, contact our Energy Experts at (503) 366-5470 or .

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