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Saving Energy During the Summer

As temperatures rise, many homeowners are cranking up the air conditioners to stay cool.

Air conditioners use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the U.S., costing families more than $11 billion a year in energy costs. Most homeowners don’t know that part of the air conditioning system is inside the home.

How an AC works

This summer, instead of blasting the air conditioner (and blowing your electricity bills through the roof), you can take simple actions that will help you beat the heat:

1. Replace your filter: Replacing a dirty, clogged air filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15%.

2. Run the furnace fan constantly: Increase the level of comfort in your home by running the fan of your system constantly; this will help distribute the air throughout the home creating more even temperatures.

3. Replace your old, inefficient central air: Reduce air conditioning energy used by 20-50%by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners.

Source: Energy.gov

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