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5 Tips to Help you Save some Energy This Summer
Jun 30, 2015
1. Use windows to gain cool air and keep heat out.
In the Midwest our climate often cools off at night, so take advantage of the cooler evenings by turning off your cooling system and opening up your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. Keep the windows and blinds closed during sunlight hours, this helps to block the heat created by the sun while keeping your home cool.
2. Install a programmable thermostat.
By doing so you can regulate your homes temperature based on your schedule. This will allow you to take more control over how your house is being cooled.
3. Operate your thermostat efficiently.
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
4. Use fans.
If you use air conditioning; a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
5. Always turn things off when you leave the room.
Remember that fans cool people, not rooms. When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).
Keep your lights off during our extended summer time sun light hours.
For more useful tips on Energy Conservation visit www.energy.gov