By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Keeping your energy costs down during the heat wave can be as simple as making a few adjustments, according to a local cooling expert.

“Because of the economy, everyone wants to save money and reduce their operating costs right now,” says Derrick Jackson with Precision Plus Plumbing.

He says there are a number of ways you can do that. For starters, run ceiling fan when the air-conditioned is on. “By doing that the air-conditioning system can be set at two degrees higher and they can feel just as comfortable.”

Jackson says don’t block air vents with things like furniture and change filters monthly. He says if you don’t have one already invest in a programmable thermostat.

“A programmable thermostat can reduce their bill by 10%, because the system is not running while they are not there.”

He says seal cracks around windows and doors, “Most people, they wouldn’t turn their air conditioning system on with the window up, but if they have cracks around their windows and doors that could be a place where they are paying for air that is running right out the window.”

And clear all vegetation from around the outdoor system. He also recommends an annual tune-up to lower utility bills and extend the life of the system. “To get it done right it can be anywhere from $100-$200.” Money he says you will get back in two to three months with the energy savings.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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