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1 Keep air conditioner filters clean. Air conditioner filters should be cleaned or replaced once a month during use.
2 Maintain unobstructed airflow around vents and filters.
3 Maintain 78ºF (26ºC). For every degree you lower the temperature, the energy costs rise by 6 percent. A temperature setting of 75ºF (24ºC) costs 18 percent more; a 72ºF (22ºC) setting costs 36 percent more.
4 Use a programmable thermostat. No need to run the air conditioner when no one is home. Set timers to have the air conditioning come on 30 minutes before anyone arrives home.
5 Keep doors closed. Enter and exit your home quickly to keep cooled air in the house.
6 Install a ceiling fan in rooms that are used often. Occupants feel as cool under a ceiling fan at 82ºF (28ºC) as in 77ºF (25ºC) still air.
7 Insulation is important. Make sure your home has the appropriate amount of insulation in walls, attics and crawl spaces.
8 Open windows at night. To take advantage of naturally cool night air when possible.
9 Plant deciduous shade trees. Shade trees absorb radiant heat before it warms your house, and planting trees helps clean the air, too.


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