Summer Savings: 6 Ways to Save Money and Stay Cool

By Olivia Zaleski

September 5, 2008 4:21 AM
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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