BAY AREA (KRON) — Keep your cool when the days get hot. According to energy trust there are ways we can keep cool during these hot nights. Put these ideas for summer savings including many no-cost and low-cost tips to work in order to keep you home more comfortable as well as saving energy.
Power down to keep cool: Shut off home appliance. Electronics and standard light bulbs create heat when they’re on. The less you use them on a hot day, the cooler you’ll be.
- Skip the oven and use the microwave, cook on the stove-top or grill outside
- Cook on the stove top or grill outside. Wait until you have a full load to run your clothes washer and dishwasher, and run them in the evening when it’s cooler. Let dishes air dry, wash clothes in cold water and hang them outside to dry if you can. Take short, cool showers and avoid hot baths. Unplug computers and other electronics when they’re not in use
- Wait until you have a full load to run your clothes washer and dishwasher, and run them in the evening when it’s cooler. Let dishes air dry, wash clothes in cold water and hang them outside to dry if you can.
- Take short, cool showers and avoid hot baths
- Unplug computers and other electronics when they’re not in use
Use your windows efficiently: Windows allow heat into your home when they’re open or uncovered during the day. Open, close and cover them efficiently to stay cool.
- During the day, close your windows and close the blinds, shades or curtains to keep heat outside. Light-colored window coverings help reflect heat away
- When temperatures drop, open your windows and doors to draw in cooler air at night or early in the morning
- Consider adding a low-emission film to the panes
- Shield windows from the outside with blinds, awnings or shutters and plant trees or tall shrubs to filter sunlight before it enters your house
Join the fan club: Fans keep air moving and help you feel cooler, even if you have air conditioning. They create a breeze that pulls perspiration away from your body.
- Use a portable fan or ceiling fan. Remember to turn them off when you leave the room to conserve energy. Fans cool you, not the room. If you have a ceiling fan, make sure it is set to blow air
- If you use air conditioning, a fan can allow you to raise the thermostat setting and still stay comfortable. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent
- When it’s cool outside, use fans in windows to pull cool air in and draw warm air out. A box fan or window-mounted fan on the north side or shady side of your house can draw in cool air. A second fan on the opposite side of the house can blow hot air out.
- If you’re buying a ceiling fan, choose an ENERGY STAR® qualified ceiling fan/ light combination unit, which is about 50 percent more energy efficient than conventional fan/light units
- Run cook top and bathroom fans when you’re cooking or bathing to vent heat and moisture
Keep hot air out and cool air in: Sealing air leaks and insulating your home can reduce cooling and heating costs and make your home more comfortable.
- Add caulk or weatherstripping around leaky doors and windows
- Look for holes or cracks hidden in attics, basements and crawlspaces and seal them with caulk, spray foam or weatherstripping
- Add insulation, but seal air leaks first. Leaks make insulation less effective
Let the night air in. During the summer months, temperatures may drop during the night.
- cracking the windows before you go to bed.
- use your fan to create a wind tunnel to blow the perfect breeze while the window is open
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