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Easy Ways to Keep Cool This SummerChildren playing in sprinkler

Summer has officially begun. And that means the heat is here to stay – at least for a while. Keeping cool doesn’t have to use up a lot of energy. Here are a few great ways FirstEnergy can help you save energy and cool down this summer.

Your thermostat is cooler than you think

That old dial and needle you were told to never touch is a thing of the past. Make your home’s thermostat your new #BFF with the Connected Home Plan. The state-of-the-art ecobee4 Smart Thermostat has built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service, room sensor technology to give you total control of your home’s cooling system, and smartphone capability so you can stay in touch anytime, from anywhere.

Simply adjusting the thermostat a few degrees or turning the AC off when you’re not home can make a big impact on your cooling costs. Smart thermostats do so much more!

Maintaining equipment is no sweat

Keeping your HVAC system properly maintained can ensure you’re cooling your home efficiently. It can also help prevent expensive repairs down the road. Schedule an annual tune-up of your heating and cooling system and change the air filter monthly to ensure you’re getting the most out of your equipment.

Check out the AC Maintenance Plan, which can help keep your cooling system running at peak performance. Plus, your utility may provide rebates on HVAC tune-ups and equipment upgrades. Visit your state’s energy efficiency page for more info: Ohio customers | Pennsylvania customers | Maryland customers

Smart home system on mobile device

Ask the experts

OK, you have the latest technology, and a finely tuned AC system, but now all that nice cool air is leaking right through your windows and doors. Have a professional assess your home’s efficiency and recommend upgrades you can make to the insulation, duct and air sealing, and even your appliances and lighting.

FirstEnergy’s utilities can help with a home energy audit and rebates on the costs of recommended home improvements. Visit your state’s energy efficiency page for available audit programs: Ohio customers | Pennsylvania customers | Maryland customers

More Ways To Save: For more ways to save, visit your state’s energy efficiency webpage, or check out these cool energy-saving tips at energystar.gov*.

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