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Published on July 25th, 2012 | by RepairClinic.com Staff

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Five ways to save money and energy during heat waves







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Five ways to save money and energy during heat waves

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July 25, 2012

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Jody Lamb

Public Relations Manager

JLamb@RepairClinic.com

734-495-3079 x 211

Canton, Mich.– RepairClinic.com®, America’s most popular online store with replacement parts for appliances and outdoor power equipment, today shared five ways to save money and energy in your home during this summer’s heat waves.

1. Add a few degrees to your home’s temp and put summer clothes to use.

Instead of setting the thermostat at a temperature that makes your home nearly cold enough for sweatshirts, increase the thermostat temperature by a few degrees and wear summer clothes designed for warmer temperatures. You’ll likely not even notice the difference. Before you go to sleep, remember that the temperature generally drops in the evening so you may only need a ceiling fan until the sun rises in the morning. Also, post a note near your door that reminds you to turn the thermostat temperature up a few degrees while you’re away.

2. Close the drapes and shades.

Draw window shades and drapes closed in order to deter the fast-warming rays of sunlight from reaching your rooms. This may reduce the room temperature by at least a few degrees, giving your AC a load off.

3. Prevent a sudden air conditioning breakdown.

Central air conditioner condensers should be cleaned annually to keep them operating properly. Use a garden hose and gently wash out leaves, grass, dirt and other debris from between the coils. Window air conditioner units require a bit more care. After removing the unit from the window, you’ll need to disassemble it in order to thoroughly clean out its coils and fan. You should also check and clean or replace the air filter.

4. Find the energy hog and unplug.

Which appliances and machines are costing you the most? Get informed, find out what should be unplugged and reduce your monthly bill. Plug-in energy usage meters enable homeowners to track energy efficiency by reporting consumption by hour, day, week, month or year. They can detect voltage drops in your home and help to predict your monthly energy bills and even brownout conditions.

5. Lights out.

Only turn on lights that are necessary. Reading a book? Just use your reading lamp and turn off the overhead lights. A light that is off uses zero electricity so before you leave a room, switch the light off. Over time, this practice will result in a noticeable dip in energy consumption. It also, of course, helps keep the house cooler, as lighting is a major source of heat.

Since 1999, RepairClinic.com has been America’s most popular, trusted online store with replacement parts for major household appliances and outdoor power equipment. Free repair resources including more than 600 how-to videos empower people to fix their appliances and outdoor power equipment on their own. To date, the videos have been viewed more than 7,300,000 times.

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RepairClinic.com® makes fixing things easy for millions of people. Since its founding in 1999, it’s been America’s most popular, trusted online store with replacement parts for major household appliances and outdoor power equipment. Free repair resources including more than 600 how-to videos empower people to fix their appliances and outdoor power equipment on their own. These videos have been viewed more 7,300,000 times. One million parts for 130 brands are stocked at its 86,000-square-foot facility in Canton, Michigan. Do-it-yourselfers also appreciate its generous, no-hassle 365 Days. Period. ™ return policy. In-stock parts are guaranteed to ship the same business day. Visit RepairClinic.com for more information.




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