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Beat The Heat

These quick stats--courtesy of Lowe's Summer 2013 publication--can help you save some cash and keep your cool as temperatures rise this summer: save-money-air-conditioning

  • Direct sunlight can raise the temperature of a room by 20 degrees; block the excess heat with drapes, reflective film or other window coverings.
  • No need to set your thermostat lower than 78 degrees.  If temps are nearing that mark, turn on a fan to make your home feel up to degrees cooler.
  • House paint won't properly dry and cure if it is hotter than 80 degrees.  Get the job done in early morning or evening hours.
  • Once temperatures reach 95 degrees, using fans and opening windows will only circulate hot air.  Give yourself permission to turn on the A/C!

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"Cool" Ways to Save This Summer

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Is it hot enough for the A/C or will a fan do the trick?  Lowe's offers some helpful hints for saving money while still keeping your home comfortable:

  • Before you leave the house for the day, turn up the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees
  • Regularly change your furnace filter
  • Swap incandescent light bulbs for cooler and more energy efficient compact fluorescents
  • Fire up the grill and cook outdoors
  • Hold off on drying that load of laundry or running the dishwasher until the evening or early morning


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