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On Jul 05, 2012 10:15PM ET in Green 101
Hot? If you are, here are 4 ways to stay cool and save on your energy bills.
1) Close the shades to save energy Using curtains to keep the sun out when it’s hot and the heat in when it’s cold saves energy and cash. Consolidated Edison, the electric company that enables New York to be the city that never sleeps, explains that window treatments act both as a layer of insulation and can reduce the heat in your office, apartment, or home. About 40% of unwanted heat comes through windows. Click here for the full story.
2) Turn thermostat up by 4 degrees in hot weather Adjusting your thermostat is one of the simplest and most effective actions you can take to protect the environment and reduce your energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save around 10% a year…. Full info, click here.
3) Reduce or eliminate air conditioning use by relying on passive cooling techniques It doesn’t get smarter than this: rely on natural cooling and ventilation to reduce or eliminate your A/C use—even in hot climates. It’s a simple and cost effective way to reduce energy bills, greenhouse gas emissions, and depletion of natural resources. How? Click here.
BIG BONUS!!!! Big deal and worth every penny: Replace windows with dual-pane with low-E In the average single-family home, 20 percent of all heat loss occurs through windows. Single-pane windows are especially problematic. They let out 20 times more heat than nearby walls. If your home has them, replacing them with double-paned, Low-E (aka low emittance) windows will cut this heat loss in half, helping the earth and your budget. Click here for more info, including 100 PG points.