Here are some low cost and no cost ways to keep your home cool this summer.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible during the summer.
- Seal cracks and openings to prevent hot air from leaking into your home. Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
- Try natural air conditioning. On cool nights, turn off your cooling system and open your windows. In the morning, close the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.
- Schedule regular maintenance for your air conditioner or heat pump to keep it running efficiently.
- Use ventilation to cool your home, and fans to keep you cooler.
- When you take a shower or bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home.
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees F). Water heaters account for 14-25% of the energy consumed in homes.
- Be aware of appliances and lighting that create heat. On hot days, avoid using the oven – instead cook on the stove, use a microwave, or grill outside.
- Install efficient lighting, compact flourescent lights are cooler than incandescent light.
- Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial light, and avoid the hot rays of direct sunlight.
Source: Warm Training Center