Save on Cooling Your House This Summer

Don't sweat high-energy bills this summer. To help you stay cool without heating up your energy bill, consider the following tips from NATE. Use them to save money and energy all summer long.

• Close doors and vents to rooms you don't use.

• Keep blinds closed during the day.

• Shade air conditioners from direct sun to reduce their workload. Don't block airflow.

• Install a programmable thermostat to control the temperature and lower it when you return.

• Replace aging equipment with an Energy Star qualified central air conditioner to increase energy efficiency.

• Keep the exterior unit free of debris. Keep plants and shrubs three feet away from the unit.

• Turn your air conditioner off during electrical storms.

• Have your cooling system checked annually by a NATE certified technician. NATE-certified technicians know heating and cooling.

NATE is the nation's largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. The U.S. Department of Energy endorses NATE for raising quality standards and energy efficiency. To locate a contractor employing NATE-certified technicians in your area, go to the Consumer Contractor Connection at

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