It is summer time. It is time to take control and cool things down in your home. By adopting these energy efficiency ideas, you can create a cool retreat, while keeping your energy bills in check.
Insulation: Be Cool, Stay Cool
Insulation is your secret weapon against the heat. Properly insulating your home keeps the cool air in and the heat out. Make sure your walls, attic and ductwork are insulated properly to create a cool barrier that will keep you comfortable all summer long.
Upgrade Your Windows and Doors
Old, leaky windows and doors can be a major source of heat gain. Upgrade to energy efficient windows with low solar heat gain coefficients and excellent insulation properties. Seal the deal with weatherstripping on your doors to keep the cool air inside where it belongs.
Harness the Power of Natural Ventilation
Mother Nature has a trick up her sleeve when it comes to cooling your home: natural ventilation. Open your windows during cooler parts of the day and let the breeze work its magic. For an extra boost, use window fans strategically to create a refreshing cross breeze.
Optimize Your Cooling System
Give your cooling system some TLC to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Regularly clean or replace air filters, check refrigerant levels and check for proper airflow. If your old cooling system is on its last legs, consider upgrading to a more energy efficient model for maximum coolness and savings.
Utilize Ceiling Fans and Portable Fans
Ceiling fans and portable fans are your sidekicks in the battle against heat. They help circulate the air, creating a delightful cooling effect. Flip the switch on your ceiling fan and let it work its magic. Use portable fans to direct cool air where you need it most.
Use Window Treatments to Your Advantage
Window treatments aren’t just for aesthetics. They also can help keep your home cool. Install light-colored blinds or curtains with reflective backing to minimize heat gain. During the day, keep them closed to block out the sun’s scorching rays and keep your home shady and cool.
Minimize Heat Generation
Appliances and electronics can generate a surprising amount of heat. Keep the temperatures at bay by avoiding the use of heat-generating appliances during the hottest parts of the day. Opt for energy efficient models that produce less heat and try to incorporate no-bake meals.
Step into the future with a smart thermostat. These nifty devices learn your schedule and adjust the temperature accordingly, promising efficient cooling when you need it most. Program your thermostat to increase the temperature when you’re away and lower it before you return.
Landscaping for Shade and Energy Efficiency
Transform your outdoor space into a shady paradise. Plant trees and shrubs strategically to provide shade to your home. Deciduous trees on the east and west sides block out the summer sun while allowing winter sunlight to warm your home. Let nature’s air conditioning work its magic.
Maintain Your Cooling System
Show your cooling system some love with regular maintenance. Schedule professional check-ups at least once a year to clean coils, check refrigerant levels and catch any potential issues before they become major headaches. A well-maintained cooling system keeps your home cool and your energy bills low.
Reduce Phantom Energy Usage
Many devices still consume energy when they’re not in use. Eliminate this by using power strips with on and off switches. With a flick of a switch, you can cut off power to multiple devices and stop them from sucking up unnecessary energy.
Embrace Energy Efficient Appliances
When it’s time to replace your appliances, go for energy efficient models. Look for the ENERGY STAR label, which signifies appliances that use less energy without sacrificing performance. Upgrade to high Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) appliances and enjoy the double delight of coolness and savings.
The Benefits of Solar Energy: Soak Up the Sun’s Power
Tap into the sun’s power by installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy can be used to power your cooling system, reducing your reliance on traditional energy sources. You also may be eligible for government incentives and rebates that make going solar a cooler choice.
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