Are you feeling the heat? Don’t sweat it! You don’t have to make big changes like improving insulation or replacing windows to save energy. There are plenty of things you can do – whether you own or rent – to change your energy use today! Listed are a few ideas to help beat the heat and keep your temperature down without sending your energy bill up.
1. Keep your curtains closed
To prevent the sunlight from warming your home during the day, close your curtains and blinds on sun-facing windows. As an extra bonus, you can also plant trees by windows to provide natural shade for your home.
2. Use ceiling fans
Fans can be your best friend during the summer months. Use your ceiling fans to circulate cool air flow throughout your home. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower your air conditioning costs by up to 14%.
3. Avoid the oven
Keep the heat out of your kitchen by cooking outside on the grill, or with a crockpot or microwave. If you must use your oven, prepare your food ahead of time, during lower, off-peak hours and reheat to save.
4. Open your windows at night
As the day goes on, the cooler it gets outside. In the evening, open your windows to let the cool air in when the AC is off.
5. Ditch the comforter
Put the heavy bed sheets and comforter away! Sleep with a light blanket or cotton sheets to help keep you cool at night.
6. Use power strips
Using a power strip allows multiple power sources to be plugged into one location and makes it easier to power those sources off all at once. There are also smart strips that will shut off products not in use automatically.
7. Delay household chores
Hold off on doing laundry or dishwashing until after 7 p.m. when the outdoor temperatures are cooler, and rates are lower. These appliances can add heat and humidity to your home.
8. Uncover vents
Make sure your furniture, drapes and items like pet beds are not covering air vents so air can move freely through your home.
9. Turn off fans and lights
When you are leaving a room, turn off the fan and lights to reduce your energy usage. Remember, fans cool people and pets, not spaces!
Looking for energy-saving tips as temperatures become cooler? Take advantage of these simple tips to save money on your winter energy bill – without sacrificing comfort.