"Homeowners struggling to cool their homes on a budget should consider turning off lights and electronics when not needed. Seldom-used home electronics should be unplugged from the wall or shut off with a power strip, as items like DVD players and VCR's use 40 percent of their energy while in the "off" position to power functions like clocks and remote controls.
A Energy Star qualified programmable thermostat allows homeowners to automatically adjust to a more comfortable temperature while at home. While away, the temperature can be set to use less cooling energy. For each degree an air conditioner is turned up from 72 degrees, a homeowner can save 3 percent on energy costs."
Taken from New York Energy Research and Development Authority
Susan K. Young
14007 State Route 22
Post Office Box 51
Clemons, NY 12819