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With the heat wave approaching, officials at Ameren Missouri are sharing tips on how to keep your home cool.

One way is by replacing those outdated light-bulbs…

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Energy Solutions Director Bill Davis with Ameren.

He tells KRMS News you can also install new technology on your air conditioner to help control the environment better.

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Here are more ways you can help keep your Lake Home cool during the upcoming heat wave.

Feel the breeze.

When you use a fan and air conditioner simultaneously, you can raise your thermostat setting by a few degrees. Set the ceiling fan’s blades to spin counterclockwise to create a cool breeze. Remember to turn off ceiling fans in rooms that you are not currently occupying to conserve energy.

Stay in the shade.

Curtains and blinds can be your best ally against the summer rays. Keep window coverings closed during the day when the sun is at its hottest. This can be especially beneficial if your windows are older or your home gets a lot of direct sunlight.

Weatherproof your home.

Weather strip, seal and caulk gaps around your doors and windows, which can let hot air in. You could save 10-20% on your energy bill by sealing uncontrolled air leaks.

Wait to use indoor appliances.

Some appliances, such as ovens, dryers and dishwashers, give off excess heat. Hold off until after dark to run these so there is less stress on your air conditioner.

Use exhaust fans.

Take shorter showers and use bathroom exhaust fans to remove the heat and humidity. Make sure bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans are vented to the outside, not the attic, to keep the warm air out.

Clean the furnace filter.

Replacing a dirty, clogged air filter with a clean one can lower the air conditioning system’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Ameren Missouri recommends changing the filter every month or two during the cooling season

Control your thermostat.

Consider installing a smart thermostat, which you can set up to run cooler when you are at home or asleep, and a bit warmer for when you are out of the house. This keeps you comfortable while also saving money. Rebates and savings opportunities for smart thermostats and high-efficiency air conditioners are available for customers at Amerenmissourisavings.com.

Ameren Missouri customers can find rebates on many products that conserve energy, make your home more comfortable and reduce energy statements. Take advantage of over $120 million in incentives and rebates at Amerenmissourisavings.com.

Limited Income Customer Assistance Resources

Ameren Missouri partners with the United Way and other agencies to provide energy assistance to help limited-income customers manage their energy costs. These programs include weatherization support, heating and air conditioning system assistance, and equipment repair for residential customers. More information is available at AmerenMissouri.com.