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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lennox®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Everyone can do their part and while some things are easier than others, right now is a great time to think about doing "something" to save energy around the house. For me, August and September are two months of the year where I suddenly become acutely aware of the costs involved with keeping cool since I am generally forced to have my AC running full blast to keep cool. However, there are still plenty of ways to offset that cost, so let's check them out!

  1. Turn off computers when not using them.
  2. Avoid browsing for food with the fridge door open.
  3. Close doors and turn off vents in rooms you aren't using.
  4. Pull window shades down during the hottest times of the day and when you aren't at home.
  5. Use an adjustable thermostat and raise the temperature when you aren't at home during the day.
  6. Use "smart" power strips - even turned off, your entertainment center is using significant amounts of electricity.
  7. Unplug your mobile phones when they are fully charged.
  8. Invest in Energy Star appliances and review the energy consumption ratings when making purchases.
  9. Replace any incandescent bulbs with LED and CFL bulbs.
  10. If you have the option to select energy providers, consider choosing renewable sources such as solar and wind or invest in your own solar panels for the house.
  11. Raise the temperature of your refrigerator from the lowest setting to something else.
  12. Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer when they are full.
  13. Set your AC to a higher temperature.
  14. Check your windows and doors for leaks and install additional insulation to prevent cold air from escaping.
  15. Change your AC filters at least once per month.
  16. Install shade trees and other vegetation to reduce direct sunlight from warming the outside of your home.
  17. Invest in regular maintenance for your Heater and AC system to ensure optimal efficiency.
  18. Install ceiling fans to help air circulate better.
  19. Use motion-sensitive bulbs outside instead of always on exterior landscape lighting.
  20. Use a "toaster oven" or microwave instead of your full sized oven for heating up leftovers.
  21. Dust the back of your fridge, including cleaning out the coils - or invest in regular service to take care of this.
  22. Reduce the drying time on your clothes and use a clothesline for appropriate items.
  23. Avoid opening the oven repeatedly to check on food being cooked - use the internal light and window except when you are ready to remove the food.
  24. Put a lid on any pot that's being used for cooking so that it heats faster.
  25. Turn off kitchen and bath fans after use.
  26. Head outside and grill instead of cooking inside and heating up your kitchen.
  27. Consider washing clothes using cold water instead of hot - it will work just as well and save a lot of hot water.
  28. Consider investing in a tank-less or hybrid water heater.
  29. Consider a laptop and docking station instead of a full-sized desktop for home use.
  30. Consider upgrading your Air Conditioner to something more efficient such as the Lennox® XC25. (visit their Dealer Locator to talk with a rep)

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Of course, I'm sure you guys have even more ideas! Lennox® wants to hear them and reward the best ones with an awesome prize pack including $10,000 worth of AC equipment, tickets to a waterpark, and ice cream for a year.

All you have to do is enter their Lennox® Energy Savings Superstar Contest, official contest rules.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Canada (excluding Quebec) U.S. (DC) the age of majority in their jurisdiction. Ends 8/31/2016. For Prize info and Official Rules visit: http://static.lennox.com/pdfs/legal/OfficialContestRules2016-FINAL.pdf Sponsor: Lennox. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.

 

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