Keep Your Home Green and Cool this Summer!

Written by Posted On Friday, 22 May 2015 12:02

Predictions are that this summer will be a hot one, as temperatures are already reaching the mid 80's in May! As horrible as the past winter was, we all know that we'll be complaining about the scorching temperatures soon enough. Here are some "green" ways to keep your home cool and keep you happy this summer:

1.Use windows and window coverings. If you know you're going to be gone all day, close windows, curtains, and blinds to keep your house cool while you are gone. It's also helpful to note that windows facing the south will get lots of sun, east-facing windows get sun in the morning, and west-facing windows get the most sun in the afternoon. You also might want to opt for darker colored curtains and even roller shades that can block up to about 80 percent of solar heat. Once the air cools down in the evening and night, you'll want to open the windows and shades to get as much air circulation as possible.

2.Don't add to the heat. There are additional sources of heat all over your house, whether it be the stove, dryer, iron, or even a blow dryer. Even electronics that are left on and running can add to the growing heat in your home. To help avoid this, stay away from using appliances during the day that release heat. Instead, try waiting until the evening or nighttime. As far as cooking, move it outside onto a grill or use a microwave or toaster oven instead of the conventional oven. Also, if you have room, try and hang clothes on a clothesline during the warm days rather than using the dryer.

3.Change light bulbs. Try switching your incandescent light bulbs for energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs or halogen infrareds. Incandescent light bulbs are major heat generators, and by switching to fluorescent bulbs you will also save energy! You can save money, reduce heat, and be more green!

4.Use fans. Take advantage of ceiling and window fans to bring the cool air in and push the hot air out. Even if you have an air conditioner, using fans can make it a bit cooler so that you can set your thermostat higher and save more money. You'll want to try out certain spaces for fans to see which works best. Usually, placing a fan in a window where there is a bit of a breeze can drastically reduce the temperature of a room.

5.Keep your fridge full. This might seem like a strange tip, but when your fridge is full it doesn't warm up as quickly when the door is open. By keeping your fridge stocked, less energy is required to keep it cool. Your fridge will stay cooler, and you will also cut down on your energy use!

If you're worried about your home heating up this summer, but don't want to empty your pockets cooling it down, consider these tips! 

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