Summer Savings: 6 Ways to Save Money and Stay Cool

Turn summer into the season of savings, saving money, the planet, and yourself from heat stroke.

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Line-Dry
Take advantage of sunny days and line-dry your laundry. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family devotes 5-6% of its energy bill to clothes-dryer heating coils.
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Cool Right
Open windows, use fans, and create a cooling cross-breeze. Or employ a muscular hunk to waft you with a gigantic palm frond.
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Refrigerate Efficiently
Give your refrigerator a fighting chance. Keep it out of direct sunlight and away from the stove or dishwasher. Close blinds and curtains in the kitchen. See the difference on your energy bill.
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Drive Less
Nicer weather offers no excuses. Walk, run, bike to work. You'll save money — a lot, with today's gas prices — and plenty of C02.
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Advance Your AC
If AC is a must, invest in a central air-conditioning unit with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 14 or higher. You could reduce your carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 1,500 pounds a year.
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Kais Tolmats
Light Right
Invest in compact fluorescent lightbulbs. They'll produce 60% less heat than incandescents, while saving you an average $180 per year (Source: Energystar.gov).
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