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Keep cool with summer electricity savings

Many of us eagerly wait for summer to arrive so we can head outside to enjoy the warmer weather. But as the temperatures rise, we look for ways to cool our homes while actively looking for ways to use less electricity. Here are some simple tips to help you lower your summer electricity costs:

Hang your laundry to dry outdoors.

If you have a backyard or balcony, try setting up a simple line or rack and let your clothes air dry.

Run your ceiling fan counterclockwise.

This will push hot air up and move cooler air around your room. Remember to turn off the fan when you leave the room. Circulating the air makes our bodies feel cooler but it doesn’t cool the room.

Use LED lightbulbs.

Energy Star-certified LEDs are cool to the touch, which reduces ambient heat and the need for a cooler air conditioning setting. They also last up to 15 times longer and use approximately 75 per cent less electricity than traditional bulbs.

Ask for help.

Funded by the Province of Ontario, The AffordAbility Fund can provide free energy-efficient upgrades like LED lightbulbs and new energy-efficient appliances. See what you might qualify for at

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