The warmer months of the year can be a tough time if you are looking to conserve energy for ecological purposes or you simply want to save on your energy bill. At the slightest rise in your indoor temperature, you will usually be reaching for the thermostat or looking to find a batch of cold air. However, you don’t need to resort to core drilling to access cool, comfortable air, instead you can follow these simple tips.
Blackout Your Windows
You should be thinking about when your house begins to get warmer and identify when the sun is beating through the windows of your home. The first step is to install blinds and keep them closed during the daytime to lower your energy use by as much as seven percent and by as many as 20 degrees. Once you have made the decision to change the way you cool your home you could look at the use of blackout curtains that can lower your energy consumption by as much as 33 percent, according to the Department of Energy.
Change the Way You Sleep
One of the main problems we see as we move into the warmer months of the year is our failure to recognize how our sleeping arrangements are affecting our temperature on a daily basis. Many people begin to feel too hot when they get in bed but do not change their sheets to ones more suitable for the warmer temperatures. In the winter, many of us switch to flannel sheets and fleece blankets but these are too warm for warmer periods of time and should be replaced by cotton options.
Temperatures Fall at Night
The warmer months of the year are usually a time when we find ourselves struggling to keep up with the rising temperatures during the night. However, take a look at the outdoor temperature and you may be pleasantly surprised at the temperatures as they fall later in the evening. Take the opportunity to turn off the air conditioning and open windows for a blast of cool air.
Most of us love to cook our meals outside during the warmer months of the year but there are advantages to be gained from doing so. When you cook indoors you are effectively warming another heat source which will add to the indoor temperature. Taking your meals outside and cooking on a grill will make it easier to keep your indoor temperature to lower levels.
- Emma Sturgis, the author, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.