If youíre making improvements to your home, itís the perfect time to include energy-efficiency upgrades. From water heaters to light bulbs, your local retailers and contractors are a great resource to help with your energy efficiency home improvement decisions.
To help reduce energy costs and lower electric bills during the summer, consider installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures based on your typical daily or weekly schedule to adjust heating and cooling. This setting allows you to minimize energy use for periods when a home or building isnít occupied. Hold or vacation settings allow you to save energy while away for extended periods. Choose a setting several degrees warmer in the summer and several degrees cooler in the winter.
Turning the thermostat up in the summer helps to reduce your air conditionerís energy use. In cooling mode, each degree you set your thermostat above five degrees will save you about three percent.
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