Some like it hot. However, I don’t think they meant this hot. It is a scorcher outside and everyone is scrambling to stay cool.
According to the U.S Environment Protection Agency, the average American home spends roughly 20% of it’s utility bill on cooling. The increased energy produced to run the cooling system will not only raise your costs, but the pollution that is created can adversely affect the quality of the air we breathe. With that said, here are 10 ways to stay cool during the summer months that will help protect you and the environment:
- Shades-not just for your eyes. Pull your curtains or drapes over your windows to keep the sun’s rays from overheating your home.
- Want to lower your cooling costs by 14%? By using a fan and raising your thermostat by 2 degrees, you can keep cool and lower your electric bill! Please remember that a fan cools you and not the room, so be diligent and turn it off when not in the room!
- If you have a programmable thermostat, now’s the time to use it. When you are not home, set it a few degrees higher, that way you are not cooling an empty house.
- Did you know that incandescent lighting produces 75% more heat than (CFLs) energy star lights? So why not make the switch, all while saving some energy and staying cool at the same time.
- A dirty cooling system filter will only slow down the system and make it work harder to cool your house. This is a friendly reminder to check your filter every month. If it’s dirty change it, but usually it only needs to be changed every 3 months.
- Plant a tree(s). Trees are awesome for all sorts of things. But when you plant them around your home they act as shade and help to cool your home. And of course they look beautiful.
- Leaks around closed windows and doors waste as much energy as one large open window. WOW! Sealing your windows and doors will drastically help reduce energy losses.
- Eat “cool” foods, this will give the illusion you are cool. I personally love to eat fresh cucumbers when it’s hot outside. It’s so refreshing to me.
- Who wants to cook when it’s hot out? Not me. Your stove generates heat and will make your cooling system work harder to cool your home. Opt for BBQing or fresh raw foods.
- By using your dishwasher in the evening when its cooler, you can offset the heat and humidity it will produce. Thus, your AC will not have to work as hard.
- Bonus #11: Drink lots of fluids, especially water. Pop does not count as a way to hydrate, people!
Let’s see what you can implement to say cool as a cucumber during these hot times and reduce your environmental impact!
What do you do to stay cool?
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