tips to cool down your house

A few tips I picked up from a Houston Chronicle article:

There are many steps families can take to hold down cooling costs that don’t require big investments, such as installing ceiling fans. Other projects may need some long-term planning and budgeting, such as the replacement of a central air conditioning unit. But steps small and large can pay off in energy savings, experts say.

A few more:

Amann says consumers can take a number of small steps to cut fuel consumption this summer:

  • Clean or replace filters on air conditioners
  • Turn down the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees
  • Use the energy-saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, and clothes washers and dryers
  • Install a programmable thermostat so energy isn’t wasted when you’re not home
  • Use cold water rather than hot to wash clothes
  • Substitute compact fluorescent bulbs for incandescents.

Amann said homeowners also should take the time to look at bigger projects, such as improving attic insulation.

Another resource is www.energystar.gov/home.

I have an apartment and not a house, but a few of these will be helpful to me as well. Good luck surviving the summer.

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