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Ways to Save Energy & Money Summer

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Each year, with the onset of summer and increased temperatures energy efficiency Arkansas launches its Tighten Up, campaign, an initiative dedicated to educating and encouraging Arkansans to be more energy efficient during the warmest months of the year.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Each year, with the onset of summer and increased temperatures energy efficiency Arkansas launches its Tighten Up, campaign, an initiative dedicated to educating and encouraging Arkansans to be more energy efficient during the warmest months of the year.

What is Energy Efficiency Arkansas (EEA)?
EEA is a partnership between the Arkansas Energy Office and Arkansas’s investor owned gas and electric utilities and cooperatives.
Summer Heat in Arkansas:
· As we all know Arkansas always experiences record-breaking heat waves. Last summer we had temperatures in the triple digits, and many consumers felt the heat with rising energy bills.
· During Energy Efficiency Arkansas's 2014 summer "Tighten Up" campaign, our overall goal is to make Arkansans more aware of energy efficiency in order to take action on energy saving opportunities.

· Everyone wants ways to save money during the summer months. By conducting residential or commercial property audits you can determine exactly where costs can be cut and how to keep your money from seeping through the cracks.


Home Improvement Projects:
· Visit our website www.energyefficiencyarkansas.org and look into executing do-it-yourself projects by using no money or as little money as possible to save hundreds in the long run.

Low money energy saving tips:
· Thermostat - Set the air conditioner thermostat at 78 to 85 degrees (the highest possible for comfort). For every degree you raise the setting, you reduce cooling costs 3-5%. Also consider installing a programmable thermostat vs. a manual one that you switch.

· Air Filter – Change out air filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool.
· Light Bulbs – LED light bulbs offer the same amount of light as compact florescent light (CFL) at a higher initial price, but reduce the ultimate utility cost. If you’re able start investing in LED and gradually move away from the traditional CFL. Thus, the early investment will save you money in the long run.
· Caulk- Typical insulation does not stop air leakage but the proper caulk technique can. Did you know? The average home has enough air leakage to add up to a two-foot square hole? That’s like leaving a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day. A $3 bottle of caulk could ultimately seal cracks that allow your money to slip away.


No money energy saving tips:
· Turn off the ceiling fan when the room is unoccupied. Also, to save energy when the ceiling fan is on, turn up the thermostat a degree or two.

· Keep shades and curtains drawn over windows to help block sunlight. Consider reflective window coatings.

In addition to these facts and tips you can also check out energyefficiencyarkansas.org for more of the EEA partner rebates available right now to help “Tighten Up” your home or business.

The website also includes a fun and interactive element called the “Tighten Up Challenge” game that asks consumers to choose energy-saving facts for each room of the house, weed out energy myths and measure success.

You will find facts and tips on saving energy and money and step-by-step do-it-yourself projects that can reduce your energy bills up to 70%.

Follow EEA on Twitter @ARenergy and catch EEA updates on Facebook by liking our Energy Efficiency Arkansas page.

Feel free to call our toll free number 1-800-558-2633 or visit energyefficiencyarkansas.org for more.
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