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Helpful Hints from Department of Energy

Many of us have sources or places we go for specific services or information.  For example, some people swear by particular cook books, others think that their hair stylist is the best, while others would never visit a restaurant without first checking out the Zagat Guide.  The main thing is that it is important to have trustworthy resources where you can go if you have a question about something.  When it comes to heating and cooling, there are a few places you can look at as resources.  First, as always, you can contact a quality heating and cooling company directly via phone, email, or its website.  This is a great way to have personalized questions answered.  Another resource that one can use for general information about efficiency is Energy.Gov.

Energy.gov, or the U.S. Department of Energy, offers plenty of information, as well as helpful infographics, on many matters dealing with energy efficiency, including heating and cooling.  For example, here are few quick helpful tips about cooling your home efficiently from Energy.gov:

“During summer days, you should close draperies on windows receiving direct sunlight to prevent heat gain. Studies demonstrate that medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.” (Energy-Efficient Window Treatments)

“Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.” (Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips)

“Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open FLAMES, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers.” (Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips)

To check out more, go to energy.gov.  Also, don’t forget that FLAME Blog is filled with energy efficiency tips and more! For other information about heating and cooling efficiency, contact FLAME!

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