Thursday, May 8, 2008

Stay Cool This Summer

Spring is here and summer, with its warmer temperatures, is just around the corner. Here are some tips that can help you, and your energy bill, stay cool this summer.

  • B-B-Qing outdoors instead of using the stove indoors keeps the inside of your house cool.
  • Drapes, shades, and awnings shield windows from the hot sun, keeping your home cooler.
  • Unplugging televisions, stereos, computers and other appliances when not in use helps protect the environment. The International Energy Agency estimates that the power consumed by these appliances in standby is responsible for one percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Set your refrigerator at 40° F.
  • Open windows on breezy days instead of turning the air conditioner on.
  • Make sure your air conditioner is the proper size for the area you are cooling.
  • Don't cool rooms that aren't occupied.
What other ways can you think of to save energy and money this summer? Leave us a comment and let us know.

1 comment:

Resource Action Programs said...

I've been very proud to have not ran my air conditioner at all yet this year. In the evening I just open the windows and get some fresh air. Thanks for the other suggestions!