20 Jul '11, 9am

Don't miss: 5 ways to beat the heatwave - without air conditioning

The National Weather Service has issued heat warnings for the rest of this week around the country, so no doubt most will be cranking up the AC and the electric bill. According to Energy Star , as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Can you combat the costs and avoid kicking up the AC this week? Here are some simple tips to keep you cool. 1. Invest in a fan We know this was the first thing you thought about, but you may not realize just how big of a difference a small, inexpensive fan can make. Place one fan by the window where air is coming into your home. Use another fan at an opposite window positioned to blow warm air out. This can create a nice “wind tunnel” effect in pulling air through the house. READ: Clean Up Your AC 2. Abandon the kitchen Your oven and stove generate a lot of heat. That heat causes your AC to turn on more fre...

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