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July 22, 2011 12:40 ET

Don't Let Heat Exhaustion Affect Your Wallet During the Heat Wave

Direct Energy Offers 10 Tips Under $10 to Help Save on Your Summer Energy Bill

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 22, 2011) - Temperatures are high across North America, and things are no different in Canada. With many parts of Ontario officially declaring the first heat wave of the season, shorts, tank tops, and flip flops are a must in the battle to keep cool. Air conditioners are also a major player in keeping Canadians cool, which also means higher energy consumption and ultimately higher cooling bills.

"Recent temperatures have been through the roof, and with the kids home on summer vacation, overall energy consumption is typically much higher," said Dave Walton, Director of Home Ideas at Direct Energy. "But you don't have to break out into a sweat about your energy bills, by implementing a few easy tips, you can keep your summer energy costs in check without having to sacrifice comfort."

Direct Energy offers ten simple tips under ten dollars to help lower your energy bill this summer, without having to resort to wearing a swimsuit indoors.

Tip Cost
Increase your thermostat by two degrees. Save up to $253 on your annual energy bill(1) by increasing the thermostat from 22 degrees to 24 degrees during the summer months FREE
Close curtains or blinds on windows that are receiving direct sunlight to keep the heat out of the house FREE
Replace the light bulbs in your home to compact fluorescents. Use energy-saving light bulbs that can last up to ten times longer than a normal bulb and use significantly less energy. A single 20- to 25-watt energy-saving bulb provides as much light as a 100-watt ordinary bulb $2 - $8/bulb
Seal your doors, windows and air ducts with weather stripping or caulk. Up to 30% of cooling can be lost through holes and cracks throughout your home. This can save you up to $150 a year on your energy bills $5.00 – 10.00
Weather Stripping

$3.00 – 5.00/Caulk
Unplug vampire electronics when not in use – items like cell phones, iPod, and computer chargers tend to suck energy even when they are not being used FREE
Defrost your freezer regularly. When ice builds up, your freezer uses more electricity FREE
Microwaves use substantially less energy than ovens. Use one when cooking and reheating items. Even better, use the outdoor grill and have yourself a summer barbeque FREE
If you're going to be away from home for a long time, say, on summer vacation, turn the temperature up. Better yet, turn the air conditioning unit off FREE
Clean or replace your air conditioner's filter every month. Not only will it prevent wear-and-tear on your system, it can save up to 5% on your energy bills. Some filters cost more, make sure to follow the manufacturer specs for your equipment $3.00 - $10/per filter
Close doors to less used rooms so your air conditioner doesn't have to work harder to cool unused spaces FREE

For more energy efficiency tips and information, please visit Direct Energy's website, or visit Dave's blog at DavesCorner.ca, to watch a summer energy efficiency video.

About Direct Energy

Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with more than 6 million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.

(1) Based on an annual cooling bill of $486 at 22 degrees

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