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10 Ways to Cut Cooling Costs this Summer

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Working moms are always short on time. Our lists make things a little easier -- just print and you're good to go! Temperatures are on the rise, and so are electricity and fuel costs, making it harder to keep our cool. Here are 10 ways to reduce your cooling costs this summer.
  1. Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically when you're not home
  2. Set the air conditioning to kick in at 80 degrees instead of 78 degrees (or even higher, if you can stand it)
  3. Seal off AC ducts in unused rooms so you don't spend money cooling them
  4. Draw the curtains and blinds on your south, east, and west windows to keep sunlight from warming the rooms during the day
  5. Install ceiling fans instead of AC units (they use less electricity and keep you cool by moving the air around, though they don't actually change the temperature in the room)
  6. Cook outdoors on the grill (or opt for salads and don't cook at all) to keep the heat out of the kitchen
  7. Upgrade to Energy Star rated air conditioners (it costs more now, but you'll save over time)
  8. Plant trees to shade your house (and your AC unit)
  9. Take a shower using a minty body wash (Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Liquid Soap is a classic) to make warm air feel like a cool breeze on your skin
  10. Spend time in cool (and air conditioned) public places like your local library

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