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By Paul Brucker
How cool do most people want to feel in their homes this summer? You might be surprised to know that most people prefer to stay cool in the 73 degree to 79 degree range, according to an air conditioning study.1 But the key is to find a temperature that makes you and your family comfortable. On the other hand, the rule of thumb says each degree that you raise the thermostat will save you 3% to 5% on your air conditioning costs.2 And the average household spends $420 a year to cool its home.3
Here are some tips to stay cool and save money on your air conditioning bill:
Other ideas to beat the heat. Strategies to keep cool at home include hanging out in your basement, sealing any air leaks with caulk, taking showers, using a spritzer to splash yourself with water, consuming iced drinks and using lightweight, breathable cotton for your bed sheets.