18 Jul '11, 2pm

84% of US homes use their air conditioner ... but we can all save money AND energy by using it less. Here's how:

84% of US homes use their air conditioner ... but we can all save money AND energy by using it less. Here's how:

Summer is here, and that means heat! While 84% of U.S. homes use air conditioners, we can all save money by using them less; after all, the typical U.S. home spends 17% of its annual energy bill on cooling – about $375. We can all save energy, too, which on the hottest summer days can have an immediate payoff: avoiding an electricity blackout caused by an overloaded power grid, and by lessening the load of air pollution emitted by our power plants. The Daily Green has tried to find the best ways to stay cool without using the air conditioner. (Incidentally, these tips are also useful when the electricity does go out, leaving you without the use of your air conditioner.) We start with the easiest, cheapest tips you can do right now to cool off – and then recommend some home improvements that can help keep your home cooler in the years to come, and tack on some tips for thos...

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