Utahns finding ways to stay cool

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SALT LAKE CITY -- When the temperatures get close to 100 degrees, you can bank on a couple of things: People will be cranking up their air conditioners and be out in search of something, or someplace, cool.

When it's hot, so is business. Co-owner of African Ice Eric Petersen says business thrives in triple-digit temperatures.

"As the temperatures warm up, we start seeing lines grow at our shacks," Petersen said. "Business is good when it's hot. June was a little hard on us; it was wet and cold.

**Tips to cool your house**
• Use fans to keep air moving • Open windows during cooler nights • Keep air conditioner filters clean. (Should be cleaned or replaced once a month during use) • Don't block window air conditioners. Make sure no objects are leaning on or directly in the path of the air flowing in or out. • Use a programmable thermostat. You only need your AC to run when you're home. Set timers to come on no more than 30 minutes before you get home. • Reduce the use of heat-producing appliances such as the oven, range, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. • Make sure your home has the appropriate amount of insulation in walls, attics and crawl spaces. • Seal and insulate air-conditioning ducts that run through unconditioned spaces. • Plant deciduous trees to shade your home's walls, windows and roof in the summer. • Install ceiling fans to circulate air above. You'll feel just as cool under a ceiling fan when it's 82°F. • Run exhaust fans when you shower or cook to vent warm air. *- Rocky Mountain Power*
Fast forward a month, and these cool treats have business booming and helping kids beat the heat. "July has been great. It's warmed up and been the month that's really started our business for the season," Petersen said.

"I get pink lemonade and blue raspberry and pink lemonade and sour green apple. I always get those

But when a snow cone isn't enough, you can bet high temperatures will have people cranking up the air conditioning.

"Our system is very sensitive to temperature, and summer is our peak demand season," said Dave Eskelsen, spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power.

But your electric bill doesn't have to hit triple-digits.

"We think people can use energy wisely, and they don't have to impact their comfort all that much," Eskelsen said.

Rocky Mountain Power advises customers to use fans to help keep the air moving and open the windows during cooler nights to help cool down their homes.

For more long-term benefits, the company offers insulation and energy saving programs for its customers. [CLICK HERE for information on those programs]

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