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Kick up your thermostat on June 21 and join national effort led by American Home Shield to jumpstart energy savings

Three Degrees of Preparation Day focuses on cutting cooling costs with ease

June 14, 2011 6:00 PM EDT

While Americans seem to love almost every tradition that comes with summer, from family vacations to backyard barbecues and more, there’s one thing hardly anyone enjoys: paying the price for staying cool in the sweltering summer heat. That’s why American Home Shield is celebrating the first official day of summer, June 21, by asking homeowners and green supporters to raise their home thermostats three degrees on this day, for Three Degrees of Preparation, and start a new summer tradition of savings for the environment and their wallets.

“Three degrees can make a significant impact; some utility companies report that every degree below 78 can add more than six percent to your home’s cooling costs,” said American Home Shield President Dave Crawford. “We’re asking homeowners to give the adjustment a test on the first day of summer, June 21, and participate in Three Degrees of Preparation. Your family will probably not notice the difference in temperature, but make the adjustment a daily routine and you should notice it on your next energy bill.”

At the same time, participants will also help reduce energy usage across the nation for the day, thanks to an online registration site where the collective impact will be calculated: .

Visitors to the site can also enter the GO GREEN. WIN GREEN. sweepstakes sponsored by American Home Shield for a chance to win a $15,000 grand prize, in the form of a Sears gift card. Live Green Save Green, a social community/initiative to help homeowners adopt more energy efficient practices and reduce their environmental footprint is also giving away five $100 gift cards each week as part of the campaign.

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About Sweepstakes

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.) 18 YEARS AND OLDER AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on September 2, 2011. Limit one (1) entry per person/per valid email address/per day. Sponsor: American Home Shield, 889 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis, TN 38120.

About American Home Shield

American Home Shield helped found the home warranty industry in 1971 and remains an industry leader, servicing 1.4 million customers across 49 states. The Memphis-based company operates three customer service centers, employs over 1,700 employees and has a national contractor network made up of over 11,000 approved, independently insured home-service contractors. American Home Shield is part of the ServiceMaster family of brands, one of the world’s largest and most versatile service networks. The company’s brands include TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec.

About ServiceMaster

With a network of more than 4,850 company-owned and franchise locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world’s largest residential and commercial service networks. The company’s high profile brands are TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 22,000 corporate employees and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands serve more than 8.5 million customers every year and hold market-leading positions in residential and commercial lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home service contracts, furniture repair, home inspections, residential and commercial cleaning and disaster restoration. Go to or for more information about ServiceMaster.



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