With Summer nearly in full swing, it’s time to get ready for those Summer power bills. The air outside feels hot and humid, and you want to beat the heat indoors. So, the inevitable shocking electric bill is on its way, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few simple hacks for keeping your house cool and your energy bill low, enjoy Summer the way it’s meant to be enjoyed: relaxed and laid back. Here are some quick Summer hacks to keep your energy bill (and blood pressure) from spiking this Summer:
- Open your windows and doors, and point box fans outward. This hack from “yesteryear” uses a sort of a reverse “technology” than air conditioners by sucking warm air out of a room and blowing it outdoors while blocking the outside heat from entering a room through open doors and windows.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. A surprising number of electronics and appliances in your home drain energy and raise electricity costs even while not in use. Taking the time to not only turn off - but unplug your coffee maker, TV, or computer keeps these appliances safe from power surges and reduces their constant pull on your home’s electrical system.
- Use ceiling fans and be sure they’re rotating in the most beneficial direction. For peak performance in the Summer, your ceiling fans should turn forward (or counterclockwise) forcing air from the ceiling down and providing the wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler.
- Keep vents, and doors closed in areas of your home not often used. If you and your family spend most of your time in the living room, consider closing the air conditioner vents to guest bathrooms and bedrooms to reduce the unnecessary cooling of these rooms while not in use.
- Add insulation. A lot of cool air escapes from homes by way of space between the walls not protected by insulation. A simple spray foam purchased at a local home improvement store can work wonders when sprayed through drilled holes into the area between the walls.