How to Have Cooler and More Energy Efficient Home This Summer

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Ladies and gentleman, grab your lawn chairs, gardening tools, and flip-flops. Yes it is summer time once again and we welcome it with open arms. As much as we love getting outside to enjoy the summer heat we all kind of wish that that heat would stay outside. If you are having some trouble keeping that heat outside where it belongs here are a few tricks to keeping your home a little cooler and will hopefully help keep those energy costs down a little bit. 

 

  • Use your dishwasher over hand washing. Washing actually takes more water than your dishwasher will. Along with using your dishwasher make sure to set it to  and set dishwasher to air dry.
  • When doing laundry set your machine to the warm or cool settings. Also try to only run washers and dryer at night when the temperature has dropped significantly. 
  • Take advantage of all the space in your dishwasher, washer, and dryer. Fill those suckers up every time you use them.
  • Take a lap around the house and check all your windows, doors, and outlet covers. If you think their are any leaks try weather strips, or caulk to seal them.
  • Replace light bulbs with LED bulbs. It saves energy and also produces less heat. This is a relatively expensive endeavor, so try to just focus on lights you tend to use 2 hours or more a day. 
  • If you are planning on replacing any of your old appliances look into the EnergyStar brand of appliances.
  • Keeping your thermostat set to 78 degrees or higher will keep it from running all day long so your energy bill wont be quite so high.
  • It’s summer time, the official grilling season. Take advantage of it. If you're not the grilling type try and use the microwave. Your oven heats not only your food, but also your home.
  • Turn computers and other appliances off at the power strip or unplug them from the wall altogether.
  • Window Shading or blinds are a must. Open them along with your windows at night and then close them in the morning so trap in the cold air from the night.
  • Increase attic insulation. 
  • If not in use deactivate or eliminate unused freezers and fridges. 
  • Let warm food cool before you place it in the fridge. This keeps the fridge from having to work over time to keep the temperature consistent. 
  • Plant trees in front of windows to create shade.
  • Keep air moving around the room with floor and ceiling fans.
  • Remember to turn on your bathroom fan to remove humidity and warm air while taking showers.
  • Keep in mind that water heating can account for 14-25% of all energy consumed in your home.
  • The last and most important tip: Spend more time outside!

Here at Global Linings we believe that feeling cool and comfy, or warm and cozy are part of what makes your house your home. Hopefully some of these tips help you keep your home at that perfect temperature this summer. If you ever have more questions about keeping your home insulated feel free to contact us about any home insulation needs.