Beat the Summer Heat & Save on Utility Bills

By Staffquick Troy
Staffing Agency

Clean or change AC filters once a month – Keep your air conditioner functioning at its best. The better it can breathe, the more efficiently it is at cooling your home.

Keep air vents clear –Take a few minutes to rearrange your furniture so that all vents are exposed for maximum efficiency.

Switch out your light bulbs – Install LED Lights because they produce light without generating extra heat. You’ll use up to 90% less energy.

Switch it off – Keep lights, computers, televisions, and other heat-generating appliances off.

Use the wind-chill factor – Try using a portable fan to blow cooler air towards you. Also, turn your ceiling fans off when you leave a room.

Use windows and blinds to your advantage – Open your windows to let in cooler air at night. Close your blinds/curtains during the day to keep sunlight from heating up your house. Insulated/blackout curtains do a terrific job keeping the sun at bay.

Get crafty – Install heat-reflecting film on windows.

Seal it up — Make sure cracks and gaps around doors and windows are sealed.

Close off unused rooms – If you have bonus rooms upstairs, they likely get very hot. Close them off and don’t use them during the hottest months of the year.

Get low – When it’s really hot out, try hanging out in the basement or lowest floor in your home. You’ll stay cool as your home’s cold air naturally sinks to lower levels.

Program your thermostat – When no one is home, program your thermostat to a higher temperature. You can save about 1-3 percent per degree, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.  

Save it for later – Wait to do heat producing tasks like using the dishwasher and doing the laundry until cooler hours like late afternoons and evenings. Instead hand wash dishes and hang clothes to dry outside.

Switch up how you cook – Avoid using the oven, instead use your grill, the microwave or a slow cooker. Better yet, try meals and snacks that don’t require cooking.

We’d like to thank Christina and Kristina for allowing us to use their blog posts as sources.  If you’d like to get the full details on these tips and tricks and find out more about them, please visit them at  http://www.itisakeeper.com and  http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com respectively.