Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 | Author:

Spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about the coming warm weather. New York is an especially warm place in the summer, with high humidity and many days of unrelenting heat. Here are a few ideas from IDT Energy which will help you stay cool without blowing a fuse, or your bank account.

1.    Consider using ceiling fans whenever possible. Keep your home or apartment cool when you are not home by keeping windows and doors closed and shades drawn. A ceiling fan uses less energy than a light bulb.

2.    Keep your thermostat set about 5° higher for up to 20% savings on air conditioner cooling costs.

3.    Install a programmable thermostat which will turn off your cooling system when you are away, and power it up in honor of your imminent return. You can even control what temperature you want it to be at different times during the day.

4.    Be sure to buy an energy efficient air conditioner. Look for the Energy Star label and use up to 40% less energy.

5.    Do you shower more often in the summer? Most people do. Not to worry, just install low-flow shower heads and enjoy your shower just as much using up to 50% less water.

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