Use Less Air Conditioning This Summer
We all know that using your air conditioner less during the summer means lower bills, using less energy, and being green. But we’re in the middle of a heat wave and your air conditioner seems to run all the time, no matter what the setting is. How in the world can you cool your home without maxing out your energy use?
A few simple tricks can help you lower your energy use this summer. Some are common sense, and some you might be surprised to find actually help to cool your house. I hope these tips help you to stay cool this summer. Don’t let the summer heat get you down.
Open your cabinets at night to let out any stored, heated air. Your cabinets store heat, and opening them at night releases this hot air. Nights are cooler than days, and letting the air out at night will keep them from being even hotter the next day when the sun is shining.
Keep your curtains closed during the day, and keep your house shaded. The more direct sunlight deflected away from your windows, the cooler your house will be.
Use fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Fluorescents don’t throw nearly as much heat. You might think this amount is negligible, but how many light bulbs are in your home?
Unplug all your appliances and electronics unless you’re using them. They put out heat when they’re plugged in, even when not in use.
Do your laundry at the coolest time of the day. Use cold water instead of hot or warm. Hang your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer, and you won’t heat your house.
Turn the temperature down on your hot water heater.
Don’t cook during the heat of the day.
Use fans. Any ceiling fans you use will stir the air and make it seem cooler inside your house. If you have plug in fans, use them. Put a bowl of ice in front of the fan. It will send a refreshing, much-cooler breeze through your home. If you open your windows at night and put fans in them, it will blow in the cooler air and you might even be able to turn your ac off for a while. Just check to make sure the temperature in your house isn’t rising at night; you don’t want to make your ac work harder when you turn it back on in the morning. Also, make sure to close the windows the next morning before it starts to get hot again.
Drink more water. Your body needs extra water to cool itself during these hot summer days. Drinking cold water actually tricks your body into thinking it is cooler outside.