Summer is here and it’s getting hot. Not just hot, but that thick sweltering, “we’re going to have to deal with this for a couple more months” kind of hot. Autumn’s crispness is just around the corner, but until then, hang in there…and save energy with these seven simple tips for tackling summer’s remaining heat.

SHIFT YOUR USE
Use major appliances like dishwashers, as well as clothes washers and dryers, during early morning or late evening and overnight hours. These big appliances not only generate heat but also introduce moisture to your home, and that’s an introduction you don’t want to make during the hottest part of the day.

KEEP KITCHENS COOL
An indoor stove or oven can raise the temperature in your kitchen by as much as 5 to 10 degrees, which is just way too much at this point in the summer. Take advantage of an outdoor grill or indoor microwave or crockpot instead. Another option? Fix salads all the time.

TURN IT OFF
Lights, particularly incandescent lights, as well as common household appliances generate heat when they are on and in use. Like mama said, turn off the lights! Better yet – consider switching to more efficient bulbs like LEDs (light emitting diodes), which generate much less heat. You can also go the extra mile by unplugging appliances when they’re not in use. Think: computers, game consoles and televisions.

FEEL THE BREEZE
Use portable fans and/or ceiling fans to chill out. Make sure ceiling fans are running counter clockwise to push cool air down. Although fans don’t technically change the temperature of the room, they can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler – a definite win!

KEEP THE SUNSHINE OUT
Close blinds, shades and curtains, especially on windows that get direct sun to block light and heat.

INTRODUCE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY
Keep the doors to rooms inside your home open so air can flow through naturally. The teenagers in your home will love this one.

REPLACE AND REMOVE
Replace dirty air filters to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and the air flow within your home. Removing furniture, rugs or other obstructions from your return registers also helps.

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