Stay Cool During the Dog Days of Summer with Home Energy Savings
It’s the hottest time of the year, but you can take a few cues from Fido to stay cool during these dog days of summer and keep a tight leash on energy use!
THROW YOUR AIR CONDITIONER A BONE When it’s hot outside, your air conditioner needs all the help it can get. Open interior doors and vents to help air circulate and reduce the strain on your HVAC system. Along with that, close exterior doors and windows, as well as any blinds, shades or curtains, to
help keep the heat of the day out and cooled air in. Also consider changing air filters regularly (dirty filters make your system work harder), make sure air ducts are sealed and insulated and consider installing a smart thermostat – these devices can help keep energy use at a minimum by automatically customizing cooling schedules to fit your life.
PUT YOUR ENERGY USE ON “PAWS” Waiting to use major appliances, especially those that generate heat like the clothes dryer and dishwasher, until the late evening, overnight or early morning hours can help your home stay cooler.
ALSO AVOID USING AN INDOOR OVEN OR STOVE Grill out or try and cold meal like a salad instead. Check out carolinacountry.com/grilling for inspiration! In addition, if you go out to eat, ask for a “doggie bag” and eat the leftovers the next day instead of fixing another meal.
FETCH A FAN FOR EASY SAVINGS If you don’t want to turn down the thermostat, opt for a ceiling or portable fan. Make sure your ceiling fan turns counter clockwise during hot weather to push cool air down. Remember to turn fans off when you’re not using them; fans cool you, not the room.
GET MORE BANG FOR YOUR BARK WITH ENERGY MANAGEMENT TOOLS JOEMC offers a number of tools like at-home and online energy audits as well as home energy calculators (including those for appliances, lighting and HVAC systems) that can help you take control of your energy use and budget. Contact us or visit the Energy Efficiency Section (under the Energy Center Tab) on our website to retrieve more energy-saving tips!
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