Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Beat the Heat: Keeping Cool in Your House

With a heat wave upon much of the country, I thought I would put out a couple tips that aren't commonly heard to keep your house cooler, while saving energy.

In the Laundry Room:

  • Hold off on laundry if at all possible.  Or do it before the heat moves in.  I am rushing to get mine done today before the heat settles in.
  • Line dry your clothes if possible.  
  • If you must use the dryer, do it early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Wash clothing on cold.  The heat from hot water will add to the heat of the house, not to mention, your gas or electric will have to kick on to heat the water, adding to the temperature of your home.

In the Kitchen:
  • Think about grilling outside.
  • Try cooking dinner in a crock pot.
  • Use a toaster oven to cook with rather than heating up your large oven.
  • Have something to thaw?  Place it in the fridge overnight.  It will thaw safely while keeping your fridge cool.  This will help keep your refrigerator from running as often, adding heat to the room.
In the Rest of the House:
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed, keeping the hot sun out.  Even if the sun doesn't shine in the window, heat tends to come in, so closing the drapes or blinds helps to keep the heat out of the room. 
  • If you have an umbrella on your deck, move it closer to the door, providing shade at the door.
  • Use adjustable louvers for your register vents forcing air away from the walls and into the rooms. (These are found at home improvement stores--see photo.)  
  • When in a room, use the fan to move the air, making it feel cooler.
  • Turn off any AC vents to the basement.  Basements generally stay cool enough on their own.

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