Summer is right around the corner and before you know it, the sun will be beating down on your house. Now is the perfect time to plan how you’ll keep your home cool and comfortable over the next few months. Early preparation will help you manage your energy use and avoid surprises on your bill.
There are lots of ways to keep the sun’s heat out of your house. Simple adjustments and low or no-cost do-it-yourself projects can make a noticeable difference. Getting started is easy. Here are some quick tips to save energy:
- Use box fans before turning on your air conditioner. Fans use about 1% of the energy that AC’s do.
- Switch your ceiling fan’s spin direction to counterclockwise. This will push air downward, so you can feel it.
- Turn ventilation fans off when you don’t need them (bathroom, kitchen, etc.). These can empty a house full of cool air in just one hour!
- Set your thermostat at 78°. Each degree above that can save 3% on your cooling bill.
- Close your blinds and drapes during the day. Insulated drapes or shades can block up to 65% of the sun’s heat from passing through your windows.
- Use your microwave instead of the oven. It uses up to 20% less energy than the oven and won’t heat up the house while you’re cooking.
- Barbeque outside. Summer barbeques are fun and don’t heat up the inside of your house.
- Hang laundry outside to dry. Avoiding the dryer will save energy and keep your house cooler.
- Landscape with shade trees or vines. Reduce the amount of heat entering your home on south-facing sides. Remember to call 811 before you dig.
- Check your insulation levels. Proper attic, wall and crawlspace insulation will keep hot air out and cool air in.
Want more energy saving tips to help beat the heat this summer? We’ve got you covered with lots of DIY videos and ideas.
Got a larger project in mind? Check out our energy efficiency rebate options to see how we may be able to save you some money.
Staying cool and comfortable this summer doesn’t have to cost a lot or be difficult. Planning ahead will ensure you’re prepared and make managing your energy use easier.