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Staying Cool and Saving Energy

Summer heat can make life miserable and it is always nice to save some money keeping your home cool. It is nice to have an oasis to go to and there are some things you can do to keep your living environment cool and pleasant.

Summer heat can make life miserable and it is always nice to save some money keeping your home cool. It is nice to have an oasis to go to and there are some things you can do to keep your living environment cool and pleasant.

Air conditioning-

Using a box, oscillation or ceiling fan will move the air and cool it by 40 percent, giving less need for reliance on air conditioning. Be sure to change the air conditioner filter annually and clean it monthly.

Position the air conditioner at the part of the house where most of the cooling needs to take place. Leave the thermostat higher when you are out of the house.

Use Air currants to your advantage. Breezes seem to be more prevalent in the afternoon. Pay attention to when these increased air currants are and open the windows and doors in that area of the house where the breeze is and even when the sun moves to another part of the house. Setting a window fan in a sill at parallel sides will help as well. Use solar screens or shades which will reduce the heat which enters your home by 75 percent.

Appliances-

Cutting back on appliance use in the summer months will help save on your energy bill. Make it a practice to turn off the stove and not use the oven during these months.

Check and replace the furnace filter. Also clean the outside coil.

Lower the temperature on your water heater. Turn it down to 120F ( unless your dishwasher requires a higher temperature.) Replace faucets and shower heads. Take showers instead of baths and turn the water off while you shampoo, shave and let conditioner set on your hair. Turn it back on when its time to rinse.

Wash only full loads. Washing full loads in washer and dish washer saves you in so many ways. You save energy, soap, and time. Be sure to clean out the lint from your washer.

Ventilation and Insulation-

Weather strip and caulk. Do this to your doors and windows if you can see light or feel air coming through them. Be sure your home is well ventilated and that insulation is well distributed and has a high R-value. Purchase Energy Star quality appliances if any need to be replaced.

Lighting-

Keeping the lights off in the rooms being used during the heat of day will keep the room cooler. Use fluorescent light bulbs.

When replacing light bulbs use Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light (CFI) bulbs.

Closing the blinds before the sun gets a chance to heat up the house will keep your house cooler during the day. Then open windows at night to cool the house down.

 

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