10 Ways to Go Green This SummerJune 20th, 2017
Summertime is notorious for higher energy consumption, especially when it comes to air conditioning. If you’re hoping to go green this summer, follow these tips to cut back on your energy use.
- Open the windows when you sleep: On nights when it cools down to the 60s or lower, turn off the air conditioner and open the windows. Then, remember to shut the windows in the morning to trap cold air inside and decrease your cooling needs all day.
- Turn up the thermostat: Set the temperature to 78 degrees and dress for the season to help you stay comfortable.
- Install a programmable thermostat: This upgrade lets you program setback periods while you’re away all day. Keeping the unoccupied house at 85 degrees for eight hours a day can decrease your cooling bills by 10 percent.
- Run fans: The wind chill effect created by running the ceiling fan makes you feel up to 4 degrees cooler. This way, your 78-degree house feels more like 74 degrees.
- Reduce interior heat gain: At the height of the afternoon, refrain from using the oven, stove, dishwasher, or dryer. Wait until after dark when cooling demand decreases and electricity rates drop.
- Block direct sunlight: Use blinds, window films, awnings, and strategically planted trees to prevent sunlight from shining directly in the windows and heating your home.
- Reduce air leaks: Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping to keep hot air outside.
- Turn down the water heater temperature: Set the thermostat to 120 degrees to save energy and reduce scalding at the tap. Just don’t go lower than 120 degrees or you risk microbial growth in the tank.
- Buy energy-efficient appliances and electronics: Look for the Energy Star logo on any new devices you buy to enjoy excellent performance and features with lower energy consumption.
- Maintain your air conditioner: If you skipped routine maintenance in the spring, it’s not too late to tune-up your AC in the summer. A professional inspection helps your equipment run more efficiently for lower cooling costs.
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