- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer won’t be here officially until June 21, but that won’t stop the oppressive summer heat from descending upon us before then.

As you prepare for those steamy, power-taxing summer days, there are a few things you can do, according to Pepco, to lower your energy consumption and cost:

• Check air filters regularly.

• Set your thermostat between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit — every degree you raise the thermostat setting can result in a 5 percent savings.

• Have a professional check your air-conditioning system.

• Be sure all windows and doors are closed when the air conditioning is on.

• Make sure there are no heat sources (such as lamps) close to the air-conditioner thermostat. Heat from those sources can cause the air conditioner to run longer than needed.

• Make sure nothing is blocking ducts or fans.

- Gabriella Boston

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