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Keep your home cool and your wallet fat

Keep your home cool and your wallet fat

After a lengthy and tepid spring, recent weeks have seen Carroll County begin to taste the summer heat, and then run inside to crank up the air conditioning. All those cranking compressors and spinning fans can put a load on the power grid and your pocketbook: According to Maryland Energy Administration Energy Policy Manager Lauren Urbanek, air conditioners account for the biggest use of electricity in the summer, driving up costs and taxing the capacity of the power grid. Thankfully, there are a number of simple things home and business owners can do to reduce the costs associated with beating the heat. An easy first step would be setting the thermostat to a slightly warmer temperature,...

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