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As Outside Temperatures Rise, Keep Indoors Cool with These Useful Tips

According to ENERGY STAR, nearly half of the average home's energy bill during the summer is used to cool the home. As we embark on the summer solstice and outside temperatures continue to rise, CertainTeed Corporation, the largest brand of building products in North America, offers the following tips to help you save money while keeping your home cool.

Insulate to keep cool. One of the best things you can do to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home is to keep the warm air out and the cool air in with insulation. Adding insulation, such as CertainTeed’s InsulSafe® SP in your attic, can make a home cooler and comfortable in the hot summer sun. The right siding, such as CedarBoards™ insulated siding, can help boost energy efficiency too. Caulk and weather stripping are additional ways to be sure doorways and windows aren't letting the warm air in and the cool air out.

Give the AC a break. There are several things you can do to give your air conditioner a break. Keep the AC filter clean as normal dust build-up can reduce airflow. Keep the sun’s heat out and provide shade for a room with drapes. Open windows in the morning and at night when it’s cool enough outdoors and turn up the thermostat when no one is home.

Switch to fans. Rely on fans when possible as they consume far less energy than an air conditioner. A portable room fan or a ceiling fan will circulate the air and create a healthy breeze making it comfortable indoors. As fans create a cooling effect, it is important to remember to turn them off when you leave a room. Fans cool people, not the room.Get a cool roof. Solar roofing products like Apollo® Solar Roofing from CertainTeed can help with your energy bills. Apollo can easily be integrated into either an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles. Offering a sleek look, Apollo absorbs sunlight then converts it into electricity providing homeowners extra savings.

Keep it simple. Things as easy as turning off the lights, grilling out instead of cooking indoors and hanging clothing on a drying line can also make a difference. Eliminate these potential heat sources as much as possible to make your home cooler this summer.

Images, product samples and industry comment are available upon request. To speak to an expert, contact Mike Loughery of CertainTeed Corporation at or 610-341-7328.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3.2 billion in 2011.