Use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning. Make sure your fan is blowing air downward (counter-clockwise) in the summer.
Close doors and windows tightly when running your air conditioner. Save even more by turning off kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
Change or clean the air filter on your air conditioner at least once a month. Make sure to keep your air conditioner well tuned.
Keep blinds, shades and drapes closed during the hottest part of the day in the summer.
Plant leafy trees or shrubs on the sunny side of your house. During the summer they provide shade.
During the summer, switch fans off when you leave the room. Fans don't actually cool rooms, they just cool people.
Raise the temperature setting on your air conditioner. You can save 7 to 10 per cent of your cooling costs for each degree above 25 °C.
Install ENERGY STAR® qualified ceiling fans. In combination with energy efficient lighting, these units are about 50% more efficient than conventional fan/light units.
Replacing your air conditioner? Choose an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. They use at least 10 per cent less energy. Make sure you don’t buy a bigger unit than you need. An oversized air conditioner is actually less effective – and wastes energy at the same time.
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