An Energy Saving Tip for Each Month of 2013

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Inflated energy bills got you down? To help you cut back at home, the Alliance to Save Energy compiled a list of 12 conservation tips, one for each month of 2013. The average U.S. household spends a whopping $5,550 per year on energy costs, according to the Alliance. But by following these basic reminders all year long, you can save loads of wasted energy and cut more than $2,500 from your annual fuel and utility bills.

 

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July: Cool Off

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Cooling costs comprise about 17 percent of your annual energy bills. So, cut back as much as possible by making sure your cooling system is in tip-top shape for the summer season. This includes window air conditioners, forced cool air systems and outdoor compressor units.



Before the season, schedule a check-up with a licensed professional to make sure everything is working properly. A few dollars now could mean loads of savings later, both on your energy bills and future maintenance costs that may arise if problems are left unchecked.



On your own, make sure window air conditioners fit snugly inside each window. And check your air filters every month, cleaning and changing as needed, to ensure proper airflow and maximum efficiency.



To cut HVAC use entirely on cooler days, check out these five ways to beat the heat without AC.



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