Jun 06Keep Your Home Cool and Green This Summer
Not one location in the U.S. can expect a cooler-than-average summer this year, according to the National Weather Service. The latest forecast is calling for hotter-than-usual weather, especially along the east and west coasts and the southern U.S. Here are five tips for beating the heat this summer:
- Block out the sun. Keeping the shades or blinds drawn on sun-facing windows is essential to keeping your home cool.
- Use fans. Fans allow you to raise your thermostat up to four degrees without any reduction in comfort, according to the Department of Energy. Just make sure your ceiling fans are turning counterclockwise for summer and that you don’t leave fans running in empty rooms.
- Set your air conditioner to 72° or higher. Keep in mind that for every degree you raise your thermostat above 72°, you save up to 3% on your cooling expenses.
- Use your microwave or outdoor grill. Firing up your oven inside won’t make your air conditioner’s job any easier. Outdoor grilling and microwave cooking are two ways to prepare food without generating unwanted heat.
- Curb daytime use of other big appliances. Some appliances — dryers and dishwashers in particular — can also generate a good deal of unwanted heat. Wait until after dark to run these and other large appliances so that your air conditioner isn’t fighting too many battles at once.
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