It’s hot outside and sometimes it feels like your house is even hotter. You hate high energy bills, but you hate being uncomfortable even more. So, what do you do? Pay a fortune to cool your house? Save money and drive to the local mall to be in the air conditioning? Deal with sleepless nights because you’re so hot?
If suffering is not an option and cranking the AC is the only solution, then you should know that there are things you can do to keep your house cooler during the summer. That said, here are 6 surprising things you can do to control the indoor temperatures:
- Switch up your cooking habits on hot days. Instead of using the oven, grill outside, use the microwave, or make a cold dish.
- Replace incandescent lights with efficient lighting that runs at cooler temperatures. You can learn more about efficient lighting by clicking here.
- During the day, use the natural light from the sun and shut off the lights inside the house until you actually need them.
- Don’t wash small loads of dishes and laundry. Instead, only run a load when it’s full.
- Instead of running the bath, take short showers. Learn more about reducing hot water use by clicking here.
- The following activities can generate a lot of heat, so you want to minimize them: running the dishwasher, burning candles, using hair dryers and curling irons, running a computer, and sometimes even running TVs and stereos.
Another great way to reduce the costs of cooling your home is to keep the hot air outside from leaking into your home. Insulation, sealing the cracks, air sealing, caulking or weather-stripping can all help keep the cool air in. Another way to improve indoor air temperatures year-round is to install energy-efficient windows.
To learn more about keeping your house cool during the summer, contact Green Home Solutions today!