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Cutting the cost of air conditioning

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SALT LAKE CITY — During these hot summer months, power bills usually rise with the outdoor temperature.

Most of the cost stems from your air conditioning system. So how do you save money and get the most out of your air conditioner? Home inspector Garth Haslem with Crossroads Engineering shared some tips with KSLAM.

  • Make sure plants are 18 inches away from air conditioner grills, and that weeds and vines don't climb around them.
  • Don't allow dust and cotton to fill grills.
  • Make sure grills don't get bent and abused.
  • Wash out the grills
  • Clean the filter
  • Make sure filter is in efficient position
  • Don't store things around the compressor

Haslem estimates that for a home with a $300 power bill, following these tips could save around $100.

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