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Why sweat the dog days of Summer this year when you can be natually cool?
Just following these proven tips for cooling your home. You'll be more comfortable without causing your fans and air conditioners to work harder and consume more electricity.

Windows. About 40% of unwanted heat comes through windows. Block direct sunlight from warming your home's interior with:

Awnings - properly installed over exterior windows, awnings can reduce heat gain by as much as 65% - 77%.

Window coatings - these treated plastic sheets reflect as muc has 80% of the incoming sunlight.

Shades and blinds - even drawing typical windows covers will cut heat gain.

Appliances. Any source of heat or moisture will decrease the comfort of your home, so be sure to:

- Use washers, dryers and dishwashers when it's cool outside = in the early morning or late evening hours.

- Isolate your laundry room and water heater from the rest of your home.

- Use a microwave oven to cook - or barbeque outside.

It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to make your house or apartment more enerngy efficient. here are some tips to get you and your family started saving electricity, reducing your energy bills and helping the environment.

1. Let the sunshine in! Open the shades and let sunlight brighten your home and provide hear in Winter.

2. Let a hot dish cool to room temperature before your refrigerate it.

3. Use a microwave or toaster oven to cook small portion.

4. Putting a lid on a pot can shorten cooking time thereby reducing energy use.

5. Try setting your hot water heater at 120 degrees (or "low"). It's hot enough for most needs and will cut down on energy needed to keep water hot in the tank.

Source: ComEd Vol. 8, No. 3 and 6