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Want to Save Energy? How to Be Eco-Friendly during Hot and Cold Weather Extremes

The sudden changes in the weather may be frustrating to deal with, but there are sensible ways to cope with extreme temperatures to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. Homeowners and renters should take note of the ways that people are learning to adjust to the sudden hot and cold temperatures.

Making wise decisions to upgrade appliances in combination with some common sense tips will help you save money on your future electric bills. Using less energy to run air conditioners and heaters means you will have more money to spend on the things that you care about most in life.

Dress According to the Weather

When the temperatures are changing rapidly, it becomes necessary to make informed decisions about what clothing to wear around your home. Before you get dressed in the morning, you need to take time out of your schedule to check the weather forecast for the rest of the day. The weather might seem to change suddenly, but meteorologists are working hard to make predictions regarding temperatures, precipitation, and humidity.

While you prepare for your day, you will be adjusting your body temperature to the weather, and this will actually offset the amount of energy you use to heat or cool your home. Instead of cooling down your home to meet the demand of extreme heat, you need to make sure that you cool your body down by wearing the appropriate clothing. The same rule applies during times of cold weather. Wearing the appropriate clothing for the current weather puts less emphasis on manipulating the temperatures within your home.

Prepare Your Home to Be Eco-Friendly

Most of us need to rely on furnaces to cool our homes in the winter months, and running the air conditioner becomes necessary when the weather gets too hot to get work done around the house. Wearing shorts during the sudden heat waves doesn’t seem to do enough to cool down our bodies. When you’re having trouble keeping up with the high costs of electricity to cool your home, you might want to invest in a new air conditioning system.

Have a professional show you how a new AC system installation will help cool your home without causing you to go broke in the process. New air conditioners pull less electricity than the older units that were used in the past. If you’re using an old AC unit, you are going to be paying more for your electricity needs.

  • Emma Sturgis, the author, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.

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