Affordable Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

We all love summer for the long days, plethora of outdoor activities, and lazy afternoons, but everyone can agree that sometimes it just gets too hot.

Here are some tips to keep your house cool and utility bill from burning up your cash.

No. 1: AIR CONDITIONING IS A LAST RESORT

No. 2: Keep the sun out

If you want to enjoy the sun– go outside. Keep your shades, blinds, or drapes closed throughout the day, especially on the southern and western sides of your home.

No. 3: Fans are your friend

Moving air is cooler than stagnant air. Fans are versatile and convenient. Running a fan for 12 hours on full blast everyday is only going to cost about $10 dollars at the end of the month.

  • At night, place standing fans in front of open windows to bring in the cool night air
  • Ceiling fans have two settings– one that pulls air up (for winter use) and one that pushes air down (for summer use). Be sure your fan is blowing down, or clockwise.
  • Make your own AC unit by placing a bowl of ice or frozen jug of water front of one or more fans.

No. 4: Turn it off
Turn everything off…lights, electronics, etc. They all radiate unneeded heat during the hot summer days.

  • Keep your electronics on a power strip so you can quickly turn everything off as you leave for the day or while not using it.
  • Be sure to leave lights off unless they are necessary.
  • Don’t cook on the stove during the hottest parts of the day

With a little bit of conscious effort your home will stay cool this summer and your wallet won’t be emptied on utility bills.

Now get out and enjoy the sun!

 

Melanie Lovejoy
College Works Painting
mlovejoy@nsgmail.com

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