Money Saving Summer Cooling Tips

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(KTVI) – Friday is the first day of summer and if you haven't done an air conditioner tune up, it's not too late. Brian Leonard, from Ameren Missouri, stopped by with some tips on keeping the your home cool and the energy bill down. He explained them to Kevin Steincross.

Make sure you keep your A/C in top condition so it runs smoothly and efficiently. The Ameren Missouri ActOnEnergy CoolSavers program offers rebates on A/C tune-ups, $20 rebates on window air conditioners, and gives you up to $720 back when you upgrade your home’s central A/C system.

Replace your air conditioner filters monthly to help you’re A/C run more efficiently. Dirty filters can cause you’re A/C to run longer, using more energy.

Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable and supplement with a fan when you’re in the room. Try a setting between 76 and 78 degrees. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall energy use and cooling bill will be.

If you don’t have one already, invest in a programmable thermostat. You can set the thermostat to turn up the air conditioner at night or when you're away from home, saving energy and money. You can find rebates on programmable thermostats through the Ameren Missouri ActOnEnergy CoolSavers Program.

Keep your blinds and garage door closed to block out the heat. You should also weatherstrip, seal and caulk your doors and windows to make sure cool air stays in and hot air stays out.

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