It has been hot hot here in Texas and staying cool hasn't been easy. Often our go to solution is cranking up the a/c but that can be hazardous to the environment and our wallets. Here are some quick tips to help you stay cool, save energy, and protect those funds.
Close the Blinds
Closing the blinds is a good way to keep the heat from the sun out. You will want to close any drapes as well. Do this especially if you aren't home during the day. It will keep rooms cooler. If you don't have drapes, it's probably a good idea to invest in some heavier blackout ones.
You can also use aluminum foil and cardboard to blackout the window if your neighborhood or apartment complex allows that. Make sure the shiny side is out and you place cardboard or insulator behind it.
Make sure ceiling fan is moving counter clockwise.
It may seem like a simple thing but when your fan moves clockwise, it will push the warm air that is near the ceiling back down, which is the opposite of what you want. This will be good for the winter (at low speed) but for the summer counter clockwise is the way to go.
Set your thermostat at a higher temperature.
Most places recommended setting it at 78 degrees and a little higher if you are leaving the home.
Maintain your air conditioner
Make sure your a/c is getting regular maintenance and you are replacing your filters at least once a month during the summer.
Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use.
Even unused, electronics can generate heat and use up electricity. If they are not neccessary, keep them turned off or unplugged.
Avoid using large appliances
Don't use the drying cycle on the dishwasher, let the dishes air dry. And, here's your chance to invest in that clothes drying rack to keep from using your clothes dryer. Air drying your clothes will also have the added benefit of keeping them in good condition for longer.
Do you know of any other tips? Let us know in the comments.