As summer temperatures soar, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioning full blast—assuming you have such a system. But whether you do or not, electric air conditioning isn’t cheap to run, nor is it eco-friendly.
Given that Americans use more than double the electricity that many other nations do, sustainability experts suggest energy-efficient ways to stay cool in your home this summer, no matter how hot it gets outside.
Use Fans – Standing or table-top, circulating fans are quiet, effective, and economical for cooling small areas. Keep one in each of the rooms you regularly
use and chill out in comfort for less
Mist Your Bed – At bedtime, mist your bed with cold water from the fridge, then turn a fan nearby. This will create an evaporative cooling effect, allowing
you to sleep more comfortably even on very hot nights.
Turn Down the Lights – Lights generate heat, so turn them down or off whenever you can do without them.
Use Light Blocking Curtains – In sunny rooms, light-blocking drapes or curtains can help keep a room from building up heat.
Be Mindful of Oven Use – Oven heat lingers, and nobody wants too much hot food when it’s sweltering out. Eat colorful, protein-based salads for optimal nutrition
and if you must turn on the oven, do so mainly in the early morning.
Don’t Linger at the Fridge – Refrigerators work harder in hot weather. Standing by an open fridge door while you debate what to eat lets out the cool air and
makes the fridge work even harder and use more energy.
Take Shorter, Cooler Showers – A short, cool shower is a great way to cool your skin and help you feel fresh. You can also cool down (along with the kids)
under a refreshing garden hose sprinkle.
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