7 Tips to Cool Your Home and Conserve Energy
Temperatures are rising and summer will be here before we know it. Unfortunately, those temperatures invade our homes, leaving us searching for a solution. Turning on the air conditioning is the last resort for many, not wanting to pay for it until there is no other way to stay cool. Air conditioners also use energy that is not always necessary. In order to conserve energy, here are seven tips to keep your home cool without turning on the air conditioner.
Close Blinds and Curtains
If you keep your blinds and curtains open and let the sun stream inside, you are essentially turning your home something of a greenhouse. It does not feel pleasant. Instead, keep them closed, especially when the sunlight is directly hitting those windows. Creating a barrier between the sun and the inside of your home will keep you cooler.
Open Windows at Night
It is not always a good idea to open your windows during the day. This can let the hot air flow right in unhindered. It is a better idea to open the windows at night when the temperature has dropped. This will cool off your home and help you sleep better. Be sure to close the windows in the morning to trap in the cool air before it heats up outside.
Leave Ice by the Fan
Though this trick is old, it will surprise you how well it works. Simply leave a container of ice in front of your fan, and it will act like a miniature air conditioner. You do have to keep a lot of ice on hand if you want to keep it going for a while though.
Adjust the Ceiling Fan
If your ceiling fan is blowing the hot air around and not making a difference, change the direction it rotates. This will bring the hot air up to the ceiling, leaving the cooler air below. The hot air will be out of reach of you, so you can enjoy yourself without overheating.
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Avoid the Stove and Oven
If you want to cool off your home, the last thing you should do is introduce more heat inside. Turning on the stove or the oven (if it feels like 100° inside, a 350° oven sounds absolutely intolerable!) will heat up any cool air you were enjoying. Instead, plan ahead what meals to make. You can cook outside with a grill or use the microwave indoors. These will not heat up the house, but if you absolutely need to cook, here are more tips to save energy in the kitchen.
Change the Light Bulbs
It has already been proven that CFL light bulbs use less energy than incandescent and even LED lights. Incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent of the energy they use, which is given off as heat. Changing to more efficient bulbs means less heat in your home. If you can help it, limit the time your lights are turned on. That way, you will not be wasting energy and there will not be extra heat in your home.
Insulate the House
One of the best things you can do to keep your home cool (as well as warm in the winter) is to make sure your home is properly insulated. Insulation acts as a barrier and prevents the outside temperatures from getting inside. Also, make sure your windows are properly sealed. Drafty windows will not perform as well when it comes to keeping the hot air outside. This can save you money and energy in the long run.
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