It’s summer, the time for BBQs, the beach, more outdoor activities, and enjoying the warm weather with family and friends. However this is also the time for costly energy bills. It’s important to stay cool while keeping the energy bill low. Keep cool with these efficient tips. The key is to utilize your surroundings to create a cooler environment.
Drinking water or chewing on ice is a free solution to staying hydrated. It’s recommended to keep a canteen or water bottle throughout the day, as some days are guaranteed to be much hotter than others. Ceiling / portable fans should be used instead of the A/C; fans can decrease the energy bill within the same month. Ceiling fans should be set to a counter-clockwise motion, as this pushes the air down and creates “wind”. If the air conditioner is a necessity, clean the filter every month; dust build-up can.
Any appliances that generate heat (like the dishwasher, oven, or stove), it’s recommended to use them in the evening. This doesn’t contribute to the lower energy bill, but it will prevent you from using the A/C more often. Even appliances generate heat even when they’re plugged in, so unplug them when they’re not in use. We all need that “picker-upper”, but why drink hot coffee during summer? Iced coffee has the same effect, and it tastes better too! Change your light bulbs to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescents (CFLs). They do not produce heat like normal bulbs.
Use your window shades or blinds to block out the sun rays. Ventilating your house can create a “breeze” effect throughout the residence, and push out the hot air. Putting weathering strips on the inside panels of the windows helps keep the cool air in. Avoid the stove or oven during the day and use the grill, it’s summer! Don’t stay in your home all day, go out to public places. It’s free air conditioning.