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July 2014

Keep your cool this summer by taking advantage of these energy-efficient tips that may help you beat the heat and save on your utility bills.

Be a Speedy Chef


Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove, and you’ll also avoid heating up the kitchen.
Eliminate Extra Freezers and Refrigerators


Unplug extra appliances, especially if they’re working overtime to stay cool in a hot garage. Better yet, have your old refrigerator or freezer picked up for proper recycling.
Operate Pool Equipment Efficiently


Shorten the operating time for your filter and automatic cleaning system, if possible. Switch to off-peak hours and consider replacing pumps and motors with updated, more efficient equipment.



Install whole-house fans that bring in cooler night air. This can pre-cool the house and reduce energy use in the daytime if heat is kept out by closing windows and shades. Visit for more useful tips.