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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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By Sonya McDaniel
June 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The Oklahoma heat has turned up, and most households are beginning to see an increase on our home electric bills!  In the summertime, almost 50% of a home’s energy use is from an air conditioning unit.  Looking for ways to cut cost, without burning up is important for a families comfort and wallet.  Here are some simple, low or no cost options to consider.
 
  • Close vents in rooms you are not frequently using. 
  • Use ceiling or electric fans to assist your air conditioning unit in keeping the house cool.
  • Make sure you have clean air filters in your unit throughout the summer months.
  • Keep debris away from your outside unit.  Try to provide shade for the unit either by trees or canopy.
  • Adjust the thermostat during times you are away from home.  Even If the home will be unattended for seven hours to eight hours, turn the thermostat up by as much at 5 degrees.
  • Double check your weather stripping around window and doors.  Try to limit traffic flow from people or pets going in and out during hot parts of the day.
  • Although natural light is wonderful.  Closing blinds and drapes is a simple way to reduce the heat in your home. 
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    If all else fails, turn the thermostat up, put on very light fitting cotton clothes and drink a lot of ice water or eat popsicles!  But, more than likely using these tips will help keep you cool while still watching your wallet this summer.

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