Like the Will Smith song goes, “It’s Summer, Summer time…Time to sit back and unwind…” With your spring-cleaning over and done with, the last thing on your mind is to put on your handyman hat to make your home energy efficient.
OK, I said it. Now, how do we go about lowering your energy bill? Believe it or not there are several easy, summery ways to stay cool, have lots of fun and save money. We have invited our special guest: Mr. Cool Guy. He’s here to share some great energy saving strategies:
Mr. Cool Guy’s Top Summer Energy Saving Tips
Take a Cool Guy Shower.
First off, make sure that you lower your heater’s settings. With the warm weather it takes much less energy to heat up your water. Next, when it’s particularly hot outside, enjoy a cool shower. As a result, your body will regulate its body temperature leaving you with a fresh and invigorating feeling that lasts for hours.
Bring out those Cool Summer Outfits!
Being in style has never been so energy efficient! Get those fresh loose fitting, lightweight and breathable clothes out to stay cool. For those of us from the 90’s check out the attic, you’ll find that your stuff is back in style. Best choices: natural fibers such as linen, cotton and even semi synthetic rayon. Say goodbye to those super high A/C bills and say hello to airy dresses, loose “guayabera or Hawaiian” style shirts and trousers.
Get your Own Fan Club.
If you have ever taken a trip to a warmer side of globe, the hotels and restaurants are always brimming with fans. While they might be seen as a lovely part of the tropical interior decoration, that’s not their main purpose. Fans are great tools in lowering your energy costs. Even if you run your air conditioner, turning on the fans will help circulate the cool airflow throughout the house. Using portable desk and floor fans bring about even greater energy savings. Goodbye air conditioner, hello friendly fans!
The Coolest Trees in Town.
When it comes to trees, the more the merrier! Take out your green thumb and plant some shady trees. You’ll love the results! Not only will they make your home beautiful, by planting trees near windows you help filter out the sun’s rays that cause your home to overheat. The cool breeze and shady spots also help providing more natural cool air effect that will have you spend more time outdoor than indoor. Planting trees and bushes could save you up to 50% in the summer time!
Become a BBQ Ninja.
Well, at least you can grill the best hotdogs on the block! Grilling on the weekends equals to great energy efficient cooking. Grilling also helps you save money on having your refrigerator work harder to compensate for the hot kitchen air. You are saving 100% of the electricity that you would have used to slave over your stove or oven. Get out the Kiss the Cook apron and cook up lower energy costs today!
Cool Nights Make Saving Energy a Breeze.
It pays to let the night chill in! The hottest temperatures usually take place during in the day while it gets cooler at night. To take advantage of those cool savings, turn off the cooling system at night and open the windows. What a cool idea!
Let’s Kick it Old School.
Once upon a time, there was no such thing as a home entertainment center, computer or video games. People still managed to have a great time when relaxing at home. Instead of putting your brain on mush mode in front of the TV, try enjoying a good book, play a board game or maybe even start up a poker night. It will be a welcome change for the family and your wallet!
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