When the temperature goes up outside, so does the demand for energy for cooling. Research shows that for every one degree Fahrenheit increase in outdoor air temperatures, demand for energy increases by 1.5 to two percent! Rising energy use can lead to an increase in air pollutant emissions, which impact human health and contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog.
Viewer Tip: As the temperature rises, give these tips a try to save energy at home while staying cool.
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(Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "Heat Island Impacts." http://www.epa.gov/heatisld/impacts/index.htm; U.S. EPA, "EPA Offers Cooling Tips for Every Budget this Summer." http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6424ac1caa800aab85257359003f5337/386ebff0a635644f8525773c004d84d3!OpenDocument)
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