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Most homeowners say they’re willing to try to conserve energy in order to keep costs down and lend a helping hand to the environment.

In fact, fully one-third of us say we are willing to walk around in undergarments rather than spend additional money to cool our homes during the summer, according to a survey by Lennox Industries, a leading manufacturer of cooling equipment

This summer, keep your shirt on. There are lots of ways to keep cool, keep your budget in line and conserve the earth’s precious resources.

“More than half of a household’s total energy cost during the summer can go to cooling a home,” says Bill Buras, owner of Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning, Arvada, Colo. “There are important things a homeowner can do to save money on air conditioning and also stay cool. We here at Lakeside definitely want you to keep your shirt on!”

1. Install a smart, programmable thermostat

Properly used, an Energy Star-qualified thermostat – the energy-saving program of the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA – can save you about $180 in energy cost per year.

2. Keep your hands off that dial!

To maximize savings, it’s important to keep any thermostat at energy-saving temperatures for extended periods of time. According to Lennox, 30 percent of homeowners make the mistake of turning off their air conditioning completely while they are at work or on vacation.

“The system has to work harder and run longer to get a home’s temperature back up to a comfortable level,” says Buras.

3. Change five lights

If every household replaced five frequently used lights, or the bulbs inside them, for more energy wise versions, one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases would be prevented from going into the air. Drop by the Energy Star page to learn more about selecting the right light and the right bulbs throughout your home.

4. Maintain your cooling system

Clear any leaves, brush and dirt that may have accumulated on the inside of your air conditioner’s top grille. Trim shrubs to allow at least two feet of clearance around the unit.
Change filters monthly. “A plugged and dirty filter can cause your central air conditioner to freeze up and stop operating all together,” says Buras.

The best way to keep your equipment running at peak performance is to have a licensed HVAC professional do an annual tune-up. “Scheduling an annual checkup now can also help you identify any small problems that could turn into large problems later,” says Buras.

5. See where you stand

Assess the energy efficiency of your home and see how it measures up. The EPA’s online Home Energy Yardstick compares your home’s annual energy use to those of similar homes. Homes are rated on a scale from 1 to 10.

6. Think high efficiency when purchasing air conditioning

Replacing an old, inefficient central air conditioner with a high-efficiency system can reduce cooling costs up to 20 percent.
Contact Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning for a free estimate on a high efficiency cooling system for your home!

Sponsored by Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning

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