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6 ways to stay cool for less money this summer

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It's been a challenge to stay comfortable during this recent heat wave, but running air conditioners can quickly up your electric bill. FOX 9 News spoke with two energy experts to find ways to keep costs minimal while keeping cool.

Becca Virden, spokeswoman for Centerpoint Energy, and Ross Anderson, home energy audit contractor with Residential Science, offer the following tips:

  1. Change you air filters each month
  2. Only run full loads through washing machines, dish washers and dryers
  3. Close drapes and blinds during the day to shut out the sun
  4. Caulk and seal openings around doors and windows
  5. Run ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise rotation
  6. Adjust water heater temperature to "warm"

Homeowners who wont their own energy efficiency action plan can schedule a home audit.

Air conditioning can account for more than 70 percent of residential electricity use in the summer months.

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