summer-1226362_960_720American summers are growing hotter, thanks to climate change and increased urbanization. Using an air conditioner to stay cool takes a big bite out of your household budgets. There’s plenty you can do, though, to cut the cost of cooling a home. For example, sealing air leaks and adding insulation can together boost a home’s heating and cooling efficiency by 15 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Here are great tips for lowering the cost of keeping cool:

1. Install solar screens
2. Put up window awnings
3. Hang shutters or roll-up shades
4. Keep the air conditioner in tip-top shape
5. Use a programmable thermostat
6. Seal ducts
7. Seal windows and doors

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