We spend the majority of our energy dollars controlling the temperature of our home. In the summer, that means keeping it cool. Before cranking up the air conditioning, try these alternative cooling approaches first. Even if you’re using air conditioning, you’ll use less and that lowers your electricity use.
Draw the curtains on heat
In the morning, open windows to let cool air in. Then close them, and draw your blinds or drapes during the day. Your home will retain much of the cool morning air.
Let fans move the air
Ceiling fans help cool down your home. They don’t use much electricity and can help reduce the need for air conditioning. Make sure the fan blows air downwards in summer.
Cool down your menus too
One of the easiest things you can do to conserve energy and keep your house cool is to avoid using appliances that will heat up your home. In the summer, use the BBQ and include more cold foods and salads in your menu. Try not to use major appliances in the middle of the day.
The real problem may be humidity
Humid homes feel hotter. Use exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas to expel the air directly outside (not into walls or attics). Avoid air-drying clothes in the home. Don’t store firewood inside.
Check around the house
Check on the caulking and weather stripping around your windows and doors – people tend to think this is a winter preparation they should undertake, but it is just as useful in the summer to ensure that you keep cool air in. If you have a window air conditioning unit, clean or replace the filter monthly. Dirty filters may restrict air flow and reduce efficiency.
Not using it? Turn it off
Lights, appliances and home electronics use a lot of power and give off heat. During the summer, it's more important than ever to turn them off when you aren't using them. You'll save energy twice.
More details and tips
More details and additional no-cost, low-cost tips are available at www.HydroOne.com/SaveEnergy.