Summer not only brings higher temperatures, it brings higher energy bills. Here are a few smart ways to conserve energy and save money:
• Unplug coffeepots and chargers for electronic devices such as cell phones and MP3 players. They can add 5% to your energy bill.
• Install Energy Star appliances to save as much as $400 per year. You can also receive tax incentives and rebates.
• Buy a flat-screen computer monitor- they use up to one-third of the electricity of conventional screens. (But don't trash your old monitor. Recycle it at Staples!)
• Stay cool this summer by installing a programmable thermostat—it will feel great when you're at home and save money when you're not.