Saving energy is on everyone’s mind these days, but with the Dog Days of Summer upon us, keeping our homes comfortably cool can really hike up those energy bills. Fortunately, there’s a lot we can all do to stay cool and keep those bills as low as possible. Here are some ideas:
Ceiling Fans. These fans use only about as much power as a 100-watt light bulb. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money in utility bills in both the winter and summer months.
Close the Draperies. Our strong Colorado sun is beautiful, but can quickly heat up a room. Do what you can to keep the sun out of a room by closing shades and draperies. Depending on the window location, you may want to consider installing an outside awning.
Limit Oven Duty. Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave, and won’t warm the room like an oven. It also uses two-thirds less energy than your stove. The summer is perfect for enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors – so why not cook more meals on the grill?
Solar Control Window Films. Applied to existing glass on windows and doors, these window films do much to reduce the level of heat coming in through the glass.
Insulate. If the existing insulation is R-19 or less, consider taking it to a level of R-30.
- Clean or replace the filters at least once a month.
- With a room or window unit, if you’re not going to be in the room for a few hours, turn the unit off.
You’ll use less energy to re-cool the room than to have the unit run continuously while you’re gone.
No A/C? Try this:
In addition to the above tips, try these ideas:
- Keep the windows and outside doors closed during the hottest hours of the day.
- Consider installing a whole house ventilating fan in the attic or in an upstairs window. With the windows open, the fan will pull cool air through the house.