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  • Install and set a programmable thermostat — it could help you save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs a year.
  • Use a fan. Ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without impacting your comfort.
  • Insulate your attic and walls. and seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.
  • Insulate and seal ducts — air loss through ducts accounts for about 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption.
  • Don’t heat your home with appliances. On hot days, consider using an outdoor grill instead of your oven.
  • Install energy-efficient window coverings that let natural light in and prevent solar heat gain.
  • Buy an ENERGY STAR – qualified AC unit — on average they’re up to 15 percent more efficient than standard models.
  • Use the bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath and a range hood when cooking this helps remove heat and humidity from your home.

Sources: Energy Saver (www.energy.gov/energysaver), the Energy Department’s Buildings Technologies Office (www.enegy.gov/eere/building-technologies-office), Energy Star (www.energystar.gov), Weatherization Assistance Center (www.waptac.org)