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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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GREEN LIVING AND YOU: Cost saving ideas for your home - Part II

  Anita Gullo-Eardley

Continuing on Tuesday's tips for green tips that save you money, we hope all these tips help you save money this year while doing just a little to save the planet:


- Energy Star AppliancesENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. If you can’t replace your appliances just yet, consider these tips:

- Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible. To save water, try to wash full loads or, if you must wash a partial load, reduce the level of water appropriately.

- Don't over-dry your clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor that will automatically turn the machine off when clothes are done, use it to avoid over drying.

- One of the easiest things you can do to increase drying efficiency is to clean the lint trap before each and every load.

- Dishwashers use about the same amount of energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside, so run full loads whenever possible.

- Place your fridge in a cool place away from a heat source such as an oven, a dishwasher, or direct sunlight from a window.

- Glass Block Windows - These windows offer great versatility, visibility and light transmission, energy conservation, security, durability and cost effectiveness. Glass block is scratch-resistant and requires minimal maintenance with a long-term life cycle.

- Lightbulbs - Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR qualified lights can save $70 a year in energy costs. Compact fluorescent bulbs can last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, saving money on energy bills and replacement costs.

- Programmable Thermostat - A programmable thermostat  is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.

- Pay attention to your furnace - Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool - wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system - leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure