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June 2015

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Saving Energy and Money This Summer

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Summer is here and your air conditioner is working hard to keep you and your family comfortable. So while you’re A/C is in high gear, you may be wondering how to save some energy around the house. The positive consequences of saving energy are undeniable: it reduces air pollution while reducing the cost of your energy bill. Here are a few simple steps you can follow this summer: Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. This is a no-brainer, but easily overlooked by family members in a hurry.  Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Compact fluorescent lights use one-fourth the amount of electricity that incandescent lamps use, and they last seven times longer. Use free daylighting when possible, Furniture can be strategically located for the best use of available light.  Use task lighting, which allows lighting to be applied directly to a task rather than illuminating an entire room. A bright light over a desk or under-counter lights in the kitchen are examples. Control direct sunlight through windows with blinds. This is especially a concern in the summer when sunlight can cause overheating. Install occupant sensors on lighting. Intended to detect activity within a certain area, they turn lights on automatically when someone enters a room, and reduce energy use by turning lights off when the last occupant leaves. This approach is also effective for outdoor security lighting. Get you’re A/C cleaned every year. Regular maintenance will keep you’re A/C running efficiently.  Regularly change/clean HVAC air…

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Programmable Thermostats Aren’t Just Helpful When It’s Cold

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When people use them correctly, programmable thermostats quickly pay for themselves. They cut air conditioning expenses by about one to three percent, according to the Consumer Energy Center. This equipment also saves time; residents don’t have to waste it by adjusting the thermostat every day and reminding each other to do so. Programmable thermostats can be configured to set cooling equipment at optimal temperatures during each portion of the day. This process varies from one model to the next; thermostats usually come with instruction booklets that supply detailed directions. Most HVAC equipment manufacturers post their instructions online. Ideal Temperatures After learning how to set a thermostat, it’s time to decide how cool it should make the building at different times of day. We urge homeowners to turn off their A/C or program it to a temperature above 84 degrees when they’re away. Energy in Your Life recommends setting it at 78 degrees during times that people remain indoors. It is reasonable to set a somewhat higher temperature if the home contains multiple fans or the thermostat is close to a consistent source of heat. For example, a refrigerator may cause it to detect a deceptively high temperature. It’s best to avoid installing thermostats near appliances. Efficient Scheduling Start by programming the thermostat to increase its target temperature during times when everyone in the household is at work or school. Consider letting it turn up the temperature 30 minutes before people normally leave; enough residual cool air will remain. Program somewhat…

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