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Save Money and Energy With New Cooling System

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July 07, 2002|MORRIS CAREY and JAMES CAREY | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Now is a good time to prepare to beat the heat and high energy bills by purchasing a new air-conditioning system.

Today's high-efficiency models with a federal "energy-star" designation use half the energy a 20-year-old model uses. During peak cooling periods, you can cut overall energy bills by 20% to 40%.

Units that are 10 years old or older have seasonal energy efficiency ratings of only 6 to 8. New units are rated 12 or greater--a big difference that leads to big savings. Another bonus: Many utilities offer rebates on these units.

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