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Keep Cool Without Raising Energy Bills

Posted: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 at 6:28 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

The Iowa Utilities Board is reminding customers of ways to lower summer energy costs while keeping cool. Some easy and inexpensive steps to help reduce summer energy use include:

- blocking out direct sunlight with drapes and closing shades
- clean or replace air conditioner filters regularly
- keep furniture off of registers
- use fans to increase air circulation and only when a room is occupied
- install programmable thermostats to turn up the temperature a few degrees higher when you are away from your residence
- open windows during breaks from the heat and humidity
- plant shade trees on the south and west sides of homes or buildings for long-term shading
- wait to use heat-producing appliances (ovens, dryers, stoves, etc.) in the late evening or early morning when it is cooler
- add insulation to your home
- install energy-efficient windows to help block heat transfer

Also, for additional long-term energy savings, ask your local utility about a home energy audit, financial incentive and rebate programs, or energy-efficiency options.

For more information the Iowa Energy Center’s website at www.iowaenergycenter.org and the Energy Star website at www.energystar.gov.