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Life Lessons: Cut your cooling costs

Life Lessons: Cut your cooling costs

As summer temperatures go up and up, the cost of keeping things cool is rising as well.

In fact, household energy bills are expected to grow two-percent a year through the year 2040, according to the National Association of Realtors HouseLogic website.

No matter how you choose to stay cool, there are some simple things you can do now that will keep you cool --while saving you cash.

First off, sealing air leaks and adding insulation can boost a home's cooling efficiency by 10 percent.

Install awnings above your warmest windows to block the sun and cut solar heat gain by up to 65 percent on south-facing windows, and by 77 percent on west-facing windows.

Use a programmable thermostat to let inside temperatures rise while you're at work, but no more than four degrees.

Also, be sure to change your air filters every other month in the summer.

If you suffer from allergies, you may need to change them once a month.

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