Well, it’s that time of year again, at least here in Florida. I turned our a/c on for a little while yesterday morning. Last summer, we made it until August before getting our air conditioning installed and running – it wasn’t exactly comfortable, but we survived. This summer, while I’d like to use it and will use it as necessary, I am already thinking ahead about things I can do to help reduce the need for it and thus keep our power bills reasonable.
Some of the things I plan to do are
Leave my thermostat settings alone – Pick a temp to have it kick on and leave it there. I think I’ll probably set it at 78 and see how that goes. No fiddling with lowering it to get it to cool down faster.
Keep windows covered – I still have one area in the house that I need to hang a window mistreatment – across a huge 4 section french door that lets lots of sun and heat in. When you’re not in a room, close the drapes or blinds and open them in the evening to let the heat escape out the windows.
Use fans ceiling fans are my best friend in the summer. Great for at night to not have to leave the a/c on, and they also reduce the work your a/c unit has to do throughout the day.
Use the stove and oven less summer is a great time to grill out more and cook in the crockpot to avoid heating up the kitchen unnecessarily. When using the stove, use an exhaust fan (our stove has one built in) to zap the hot air before it gets through your kitchen. You could set up a fan in your kitchen to do the same thing if your stove doesn’t have one.
Use a dehumidifier I am going to get one before the hot really sets in. It really is so much more bearable when the humidity is sucked from the home.
Schedule chores around the heat Let dishes in the dishwasher air dry to avoid the heat cycle, line dry your clothes to keep the dryer from emitting all that heat – if you are going to use the dry cycles, do it at night. Try to keep your own strenuous activities to a minimum during the peak hot times so you don’t need the a/c to cool you off as much.
What things do you do around your home to keep your energy costs down during the dog days of summer? I’d love any suggestions!
Another great list of 13 Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer can be found at One Caveman’s Financial Journey