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Friday, August 10, 2018

8 Ways to Save Energy and Keep Cool in the Summer Heat


Summer porch fun with friends toasting lemonades to stay cool

As the U.S. continues to swelter in the summer heat, staying cool is a priority. At the same time, keeping energy usage down—to preserve both the planet and your pocketbook—is top of mind for many. 

Here are some clean, green tips on how to save energy and stay cool! 

1. Set Your Thermostat to the Mid to Upper ‘70s: This not only saves energy, but also allows your body’s natural biology to work by adapting to the season. Not having multiple dramatic temperature shifts during the day—going from the outside heat to the artificial air conditioning inside—can help keep your immune system strong and prevent summer colds. 

2. Harness the Breeze: Keep your house cool by limiting the sunlight that can comes in and maximizing your airflow. Using fans (and keeping the windows open when the air conditioner isn’t churning) can keep help circulate air, and move cooler air up into the higher floors of a multi-storied house. Set any ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise to pull up cooler air that is near the floor. 

3. Use the Air Conditioner Efficiently: Keep the air conditioner and its filters clean and maintained to maximize their efficiencies. A smart thermostat can help track your activity patterns and help the air conditioner run most efficiently. 

4. Use Lawn Care Appliances in the Morning, the Coolest Time of the Day: Working outside and watering when the temperatures are lower uses less power and energy and contributes fewer polluting gases into the atmosphere with a gas-powered mower. Better yet, try a hand-powered mower if you can; it’s great exercise and can even be fun! 

5. Consider How You’re Cooking: Ovens are a major contributor to heat in a house. Using them during the cool time of the day—like prepping meals over night—or replacing them with a microwave or grill are great ways to cut down on energy costs. Summer is the time to grill out, and salads and cool sauces are the perfect green accompaniment. For green grilling tips, check out recent blog about it. 

6. Use Appliances at Night: Heat generated from using appliances such as dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and dryers can contribute to warm temperatures inside your house. If you can run them mainly at night, it helps reduce indoor heat during the day. Unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use to decrease both your electric bill and your energy footprint. 

7. Stay Out of Hot Water: Decrease your hot water use to save money. Cool, quick showers are a great way to keep healthy and cool in the summer. Washing clothes in cold water keeps the house cooler, decreases energy usage, and is better for the life of your clothes. 

8. Make the Heat Work for You: When it’s hot and sunny outside, it’s a great time to let all that sun and energy work for you by drying your clothes outside. Or try hanging them up inside in your laundry area, if you have a laundry room, and have space for hanging. 

These are just a few tips and tricks to save energy and keep cool while we’re in the last weeks of summer. If you’re looking for more ways to also choose and use energy wisely, with the least impact on your carbon footprint, check out CleanChoice Energy. 

CleanChoice Energy is a renewable electricity supplier that sources 100% pollution-free clean energy from wind and solar power. Learn how you can easily switch your home to clean energy today!


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