5 Ways to Save as Summer Approaches

5 Ways to Save as Summer Approaches

As the summer heat nears, it is essential to find ways to stay cool without incurring a high energy bill. Is that even possible you may ask? – Yes! Here are 5 ways to save as Summer approaches.

 

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Optimize AC Usage

Adjusting your air conditioner to the highest comfortable temperature will help decrease your energy usage, ensuring a lower bill. Each degree higher can save you up to 3% on your bill! Turning up the temperature when you are not home and cooling it down when you are will cut unnecessary cooling.

 

Use Fans Effectively

Fans are great for cooling off, but when used incorrectly they don’t help as much as they could. The most effective way to use fans is to ensure they are taking the hot air out and replacing it with a cooler breeze.

Check to make sure your ceiling fan is running counterclockwise to push the cool air down. This will help you feel cooler, without the need to mess with your air conditioning.

 

Block Out the Heat

Instead of cooling down an apartment full of hot air, try to block the hot air from getting inside in the first place. Close your curtains or blinds during the day to block the sun’s heat. Darker or more reflective curtains work most effectively in reducing heat. Another option is to put films on your home’s windows. Applying a reflective window film can reduce solar heat by up to 70%.

 

Use Natural Ventilation

Natural sources for cool air during periods when air conditioning is not required, will help you significantly save on your energy bill. Opening windows at night will let in cooler air. Make sure to close them in the morning before it gets too hot. Opening windows on opposite sides of your home will create a cross-breeze. This will promote cool airflow and help maintain the indoor temperature without the use of AC. Note, certain areas may not allow for natural ventilation due to poor outdoor air quality or high humidity levels!

 

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is the key to staying cool. Giving your body enough hydration can keep you cool on the inside which will help regulate your body temperature. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will give you proper hydration. Another source of hydration comes from food. Including water-based nutrients like fruits and vegetables like watermelon or cucumbers will be another great way to get your body hydrated.

 

Following these 5 ways to save as Summer approaches will help you keep hydrated and cool throughout the summer, without paying an absurd amount on your energy bill. Beat the Heat without breaking the bank, and enjoy a more comfortable, affordable summer!