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When the temperature rises and you’re trying to keep your home comfortable, your utility bills can soar. But there are things you can do to save money while keeping your cool. To find out what they are and how to deal with troublesome (and costly) areas of your home, take this informative quiz.

  • 1. WHEN YOU’RE AWAY, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR AC IN ORDER TO SAVE MONEY?

    (A)Set the thermostat somewhat higher than usual, then lower the setting when you return

    (B)Set your thermostat to the warmest temperature you can handle

    (C)Keep your ceiling fans running but turn the AC off

    (D)Turn the AC off; then set it for a colder-than-usual setting when you turn it back on

  • 2. THE BEST WAY TO HELP YOU STAY COOL USING A CEILING FAN IS TO...

    (A)Keep it on 24/7 so the air keeps circulating

    (B)Run the fan in a clockwise direction on a low setting while you’re there

    (C)Use it only when you’re not using your AC system

    (D)Run the fan in a counterclockwise direction while you’re there

  • 3. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING IS NOT A GOOD WAY TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR AIR-CONDITIONING BILL?

    (A)Increase the temperature on your thermostat by two degrees

    (B)Use the AC during the day when it’s hottest but not at night

    (C)Close the doors and AC vents in rooms that aren’t occupied

    (D)During the day, close blinds or curtains in sunny windows

  • 4. WHERE ARE THE MOST COMMON ENERGY LEAKS IN YOUR HOME?

    (A)Around older doors and windows

    (B)Along the roofline in the attic

    (C)Around pipes coming into or out of your home

    (D)Around your dryer vent and any exhaust vents that release to outside

  • 5. TO REDUCE YOUR HOT WATER USE (AND ENERGY BILLS) IN THE SUMMER, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER...

    (A)Taking baths instead of showers

    (B)Washing your dishes in cool water

    (C)Turning down the temperature on your water heater

    (D)Doing laundry only at night

  • 6. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SHOULD YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR AIR CONDITIONER RUNNING SMOOTHLY?

    (A)Have your system professionally serviced annually

    (B)Change the filter on your central AC unit every one to three months

    (C)Regularly vacuum vents and registers to prevent dust buildup

    (D)All of the above