Looking to stay cool as we come out of the hottest time of the year? If you also like to save money in addition to keeping cool, we have some hot tips for you.
The best way to stay cool is to minimize heat gain, which can come from many different sources, including the sun, light bulbs, cooking, and doing laundry.
Minimizing how much you use all these aspects will not only keep the temperature from rising, it will also keep your energy bill from climbing, which is great during the August heat.
Sunlight in and of itself is not inherently bad. In fact, it can help you reduce energy bills by relying on it rather than artificial lighting during the day.
However, during the dead of summer, light from the sun can really heat up your home. Well, more specifically, ultraviolet light can.
Blocking out the sun’s rays by closing blinds, curtains, and shades will keep the sun from heating up your home during the day.
You can keep some natural light by only blocking light on the south and west sides of your home, which receive the most light.
Reflective roof paints also help cool homes. They reflect the light and heat that would otherwise be absorbed by the shingles and heat your attic.
If you like to keep as much natural light as possible, special UV reflective films can be applied to windows that filter out the high heat gain rays while keeping the visible light.
Turning off electronics can reduce your energy consumption and in the case of some electronics, like set top boxes, can reduce heat gain.
Some electronic devices can get very hot, even if they aren’t being actively used. Unplug these devices to save energy and reduce heat buildup.
Change to LED lightbulbs to cut energy use by as much as 90% and reduce heat buildup as well.
LED lights use about 80% less energy than incandescents but are generally brighter, allowing one bulb to do the work of two in some cases, which can save you big on lighting.
What’s more is that despite providing more light, they generate less heat than incandescents and even CFLs.
Use fans to cool you down rather than the AC. The wind chill effect may help you increase your thermostat by a few degrees without sacrificing comfort.
Just remember that fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off if you leave the room.