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The Cheapest Ways to Stay Cool

08/15/2013 09:25 am ET | Updated Oct 14, 2013

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by guest bloggers from the EPA's ENERGYSTAR program

This new infographic from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR is here just in time to help you deal with the late-summer heat. We know that staying cool and keeping energy bills in control are both priorities, so we're offering consumers information on how much energy and money could be saved with energy efficiency in the summer cooling season. For example, did you know:

• If just 1 in 10 households used ENERGY STAR-certified cooling and heating equipment, we would prevent 12 billion pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions annually--that's equivalent to the emissions from 1.1 million cars.

• If consumers programmed thermostats to 4 to 7 degrees higher while asleep or away from home, they'd save about $180 a year.

ENERGY STAR has proven that individual action makes a difference to protect the climate. Find out what you can do at EnergyStar.gov.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program

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