How to Keep Cool When Summer Heats Up! [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Infographic Transcript:

Welcome to Summer! But don’t think that the higher temperatures mean that you have to put up with higher utility bills. With help from Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing and ENERGY STAR you can keep your cool, tame those bills, and help fight climate change. The secret is to keep your cooling system from working too hard. Here are some of the best ways to keep your cool when the season heats up.

How much energy does your home use? 

  • The average home’s annual energy bill is more than $2,000
  • The average annual cooling and heating bill totals $875
  • More than 24,000 lbs. of greenhouse gases are emitted annually by the average household—About 2x as much as the average car

The ENERGY STAR Difference

Depending on where you live, you can save $115 or more annually by replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR certified equipment. Note: Assumes proper sizing and installation.

If just 1 in 10 households used ENERGY STAR certified cooling and heating equipment, we would prevent annual greenhouse gas emissions of 13 billion pounds—equivalent to the emissions from 1.2 million cars.

Top 5 Ways to Chill Out this Summer

Keep the Heat Out

  • Improve insulation between your attic and roof.
  • If you are upgrading your windows, consider ENERGY STAR certified windows.
  • Use your window coverings, add new ones, or adjust blinds to keep the sun out.
  • The right roof can do a lot to keep the heat out. Consider ENERGY STAR certified roof products.

Keep the Cool In

  • Seal and insulate the cooling system ducts in your attic.
  • Find air leaks around your house and seal them with spray foam, caulk, and weather-stripping. Sealing and insulating your home can save you up to $200 in annual utility bills.

Maintain Your Cooling System

Be a Fan of Fans

  • Use an ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fan and raise your thermostat two degrees. It’ll lower cooling costs by 14%.
  • Use an ENERGY STAR certified vent fan after a shower to reduce humidity.

Look for the ENERGY STAR

  • If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a model that has earned the ENERGY STAR could cut your cooling costs by 30%.
  • Replace those old, hot incandescent light bulbs with much cooler ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs.

What is climate change? Climate change is a real, urgent, & global challengeHuman activities such as electricity production & transportation add significant amounts of carbon pollution to the atmosphere. Carbon pollution, along with other greenhouse gases, is the primary cause of most of the global temperature rise over the past 50 years.

The impacts of global warming include:

  • Rising sea levels Melting glaciers
  • Shifting rainfall patterns
  • Unchecked carbon pollution threatens human health, society, and ecosystems.

To learn more about climate change and what you can do to reduce its impacts, visit:

Source:, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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