Six summertime energy-saving tips

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Here are six tips for cutting your energy bill on a hot summer's day:

One fridge at a time: Refrigerators account for up to 20 percent of your electric use. If you have a second fridge outside, unplug it.

Keep doors closed: if there are rooms in your house that you don't use, close the vents and close the doors. Don't cool spaces you don't need.

Keep stoves off: Stoves give off tons of heat, which means you need more AC to cool your house back down. Turn off the stove and turn on the grill outside.

Use your ceiling fans: Ceiling fans are cheap to run. They are a great way to move air around your home and can stretch your AC budget.

Wash clothes in cooler water:  Your whites might not look as white, but your water heater won't need to work as hard.

Keep your air filters clean:  Clogged air filters can burn 5 percent of your electric bill. Buy them in bulk online, save money, and have them when you need them.

E-mail dschechter@wfaa.com

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