7 tips to stay cool and save money

woman cooling off with fan

The second half of summer can bring some of the hottest temperatures of the year. And while it’s nice to soak up the warmer weather, you still want to stay cool and comfortable without racking up extremely high energy bills. Here are seven tips to help you beat the heat while keeping your energy costs cool.

  1. Upgrade to a smart thermostat
    Smart thermostats can be used with home automation and allow you to remotely control the heating and air conditioning in your home via smart phone or internet-connected device. Properly programming your thermostat to coordinate with when you’ll be home could end up saving you quite a bit of money in energy costs not only in the summer, but year-round.
  2. Close the blinds and curtains
    Keep the sunlight (and therefore the heat) out by keeping the blinds and curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day. If it gets cool at night, you can open the windows and avoid using your air conditioner as well.
  3. Use ceiling fans
    Ceiling fans are great for cooling a room and are already installed in most homes. If your ceiling fan has a reversible motor, make sure the blade is set to downward (or counter-clockwise) as this will cool the room more efficiently. If you don’t have ceiling fans, portable fans are inexpensive and also effective. Make sure to turn off any fans in empty rooms.
  4. Try to use bigger appliances at night
    Running the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer during the day can generate extra, unneeded heat. Wait to run the dishwasher and washer/dryer at night and only when you have a full load.
  5. Avoid using the stove or oven for dinner
    Firing up the oven or stove will generate extra heat, especially during the day. Try using the microwave or grill as this will help keep the house cooler. If you want to bake, consider making a smaller portion that may fit in a toaster oven.
  6. Upgrade to LED bulbs
    Not only do these bulbs last for several years, but they also stay cool to the touch. This reduces heat and could also save you from having to frequently buy new bulbs.
  7. Set the water temperature
    Heating your home’s water is one of the biggest contributing factors to your energy bill. Setting your tank-based water heater temperature to 120 degrees (most default temperature is set at 140 degrees) and the dishwasher and washing machine temps to warm instead of hot can be cost efficient. And it might be tough, but taking a cooler shower could also help reduce your monthly bill.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

WBTL-0756 (July 20)

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