Simple Tips for Staying Cool & Saving Energy

Summer is here! Follow these tips to keep cool while keeping your home energy costs to a minimum:

Basic Strategies to Keep Cool

  • Close blinds and drapes or cover windows during daylight hours to keep the sun off the glass.
  • Keep your house closed during the day to keep heat out and ventilate it well at night to let cool air in.
  • Turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms. Turn off or unplug unnecessary electronics.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing on hot days to help keep cool.
  • Drink plenty of cold liquids.

Habits that Save Energy

  • Skip the dishwasher’s drying cycle. Air dry items instead.
  • Dry laundry on a clothesline.
  • Set your A/C thermostat to 78.
  • Cook more meals in your microwave or grill outdoors. This will cook your food without heating your home.
  • Use a fan with your room air conditioner to help move the cool air throughout the house.

Investments That are Worth It

  • Shade your air conditioner; make sure it has good airflow on all sides.
  • Add insulation if needed to stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
  • Good attic ventilation keeps your house cooler. Keep attic vents clear and attic fans functioning properly.
  • Install awnings or plant deciduous trees to shade windows on the south and and east sides of your home.
  • For the most energy-efficient home heating and cooling, install a heat pump (for homes with ductwork) or a ductless heating and cooling system (for homes with zonal heat).