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A Cure for the Summertime Blues?

June 30, 2009 - 5:00am


When you look at your utility bill, keep this in mind: about 43% of the money you spend goes for heating and cooling. And when the thermometer soars, so does the amount of electricity we use to keep cool.

If you read this blog regularly, or visit our Energy Savers site, you know we want to help you save some of that money. But we can't do this alone—we need your help.

What are you doing to save energy this summer? Here in Washington, D.C., where it's been cold and wet for much of June, it's hard to get to those outdoor projects—but that doesn't mean you can't weatherstrip doors and windows, draw the curtains (especially on windows that face the sun during the course of the day), clean your air conditioner's filters, and adjust your thermostat so that your home doesn't feel like the grocery store freezer case.

These are just our ideas. What are YOU doing? We would love to hear your suggestions for ways to save energy. Do you take family day trips (and cut off the AC while you're gone)? Do you play a game with your kids of finding a window that feels drafty (and in need of weatherstripping)? You probably have lots of ideas for ways to save energy—so write and share them with us!

In the meantime, don't be shy about reading (and doing!) the things we suggest. We want you to have a leaner utility bill, so that no matter how hot it gets outside, you can stay cool all summer long.