Cooling down the house

PG&E offers these tips for the summer months ahead

With the temperatures hitting the triple digits, now’s the time to find clever ways to keep the house cool and save some dough. Here are a few tips from PG&E:

• Change out incandescent bulbs for fluorescents. Energy Star lighting puts out about 75 percent less heat.

• Save up to 20 percent of your home’s cool air by having the central-cooling ducts properly insulated.

• Cook on the stove or microwave, or grill outdoors, instead of using the oven.

• Clean dust and gunk from refrigerator coils, and set the temperature between 38 and 42 degrees (between 0 and 5 degrees for the freezer).