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9 ways to cool down air-conditioning costs

Don't bake or cook on the stove
Don't bake or cook on the stove | GabrieleTamborrelli/E+/Getty Images

Don't bake or cook on the stove

Skip the stove-top boiling and oven baking, Cox says. Reduce indoor heat by making microwave nachos or eating a cool salad. If you must boil pasta for tomorrow's potluck, cook in the evening.

After cooking, turn on the kitchen exhaust, and turn on the bathroom exhaust fan after a hot shower. "Remove heat and moisture at the source," Scheckel says. "Reducing humidity can help increase comfort."

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