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Fast and free ways to save

1.

Block the heat. On summer days, draw the blinds on south or west-facing windows to limit the amount of sunlight you let in.

2.

Give a ceiling fan a spin to reduce the need for air conditioning. You can raise the thermostat by about 4°C and still feel comfortable.

3.

Set your thermostat as high as possible in the summer. As a rule of thumb, the smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

4.

Sliding door? Dirt and debris can obstruct the seal and let cool air escape – use a soft brush to clean the tracks.

5.

Clean debris and leaves from your central air conditioner’s outdoor fan, compressor and condenser.

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Set your thermostat between 24°C and 26°C before bed and 28°C when you’re away.

7.

Only cool the rooms you use. Shut off air registers and keep doors closed in any others.

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Take advantage of the lowest-priced off-peak summer hours: evenings after 7 p.m. and all-day weekends and statutory holidays.

9.

Air dry clothes outdoors to save energy and keep fabrics lasting longer. Bonus: sunlight is a natural disinfectant. Get coupons for clothesline kits.

10.

Use the “high spin” setting on your clothes washer to save air-drying time.

11.

After a shower, use the bathroom fan to remove heat/humidity from your home.

12.

Fire up the grill on hot summer days. It’s a quick way to cook and reduces the need for air conditioning.

13.

Reheat leftovers in the microwave – they use up to 50% less electricity than electric stoves and won’t heat your home.

14.

Heading to the cottage? Set your water heater to “vacation” mode, or turn the temperature as low as possible.

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Small upgrades, big impact

15.

Watch out for air leaks! Use coupons to weatherstrip around windows, doors, outlets and vents to keep cold air from escaping.

16.

Set ceiling fan blades to spin counterclockwise. This draws warm air upward and circulates cool air.

17.

Schedule a tune-up! Regular maintenance of your air conditioner can increase its efficiency by about 5%. Clean and change the filters as necessary.

18.

Use coupons to swap old bulbs for ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs – they stay cool to the touch, which can reduce the need for air conditioning.

19.

Set timers on indoor and light fixtures to account for more daylight hours in the summer. Get coupons.

20.

Do you have a swimming pool? Put your pump on a timer to save you up to $50 a month on electricity. Download a coupon.

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can help pay off in savings

21.

Install a programmable
thermostat
to adjust automatically and avoid overcooling. Install it away from direct sunlight.

22.

Install patio covers or awnings to shade your home and reduce cooling costs. You can also strategically plant trees and shrubs.

23.

Consider upgrading to a variable speed pool pump – it uses less energy than a constant-speed pump.

24.

Install your central air conditioner in a shaded area or plant a shrub near it. This can improve the unit’s efficiency by up to 10%.

25.

Cool savings! Upgrade your central air conditioner and get up to $400 in rebates for a high-efficiency model.