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Instead of air conditioning, use fans
Ceiling fans can be a useful helper or substitute for air conditioning even at the peak of summer. But as the temperatures of August become a memory, now might be a good time to turn off the A/C altogether and instead rely on an open window or ceiling fan.
**How this helps**
Your air conditioner is one of the biggest energy guzzlers in the house, and it consumes electricity at the worst time of day. Finding alternate means of cooling can have a big impact on your carbon footprint.
The Energy Star web site has great information on how to select a ceiling fan.
* Install an attic fan to draw hot air out of your house.
* Shade windows that get a lot of sun to keep temperatures lower.