Many parts of the U.S. are starting to experience warmer weather. Even though the groundhog saw his shadow this year (as he seems to just about every other year), it appears that spring came early this year, which probably means summer is right around the corner.
Whether you’re renting or you own a home, chances are you’re looking for opportunities to save on your cooling costs. We hear it’s going to be a pretty hot summer this year, so here are some tips you may want to consider as the weather warms up.
Open the windows at night.
Sure this sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people overlook this one simple action that can do wonders for your A/C unit (by allowing it to rest), while also keeping your house cool. As it warms up during the day, you can close the windows to trap the cool air that made it’s way into your home overnight and in the early morning hours. By the time night falls again, you may find that you’d didn’t even need to turn on the A/C, or if you did, you only had to run it for a few hours.
Make sure your home is well insulated.
Turning the A/C unit on and off can actually use more power, causing your equipment to work harder and increasing your energy bills. This is why it’s crucial to make sure your home is well insulated. If you live in an older home, it may be time to install new insulation or even get your roof replaced. A new roof and new windows can do wonders for insulating your home.
Spend more time downstairs.
It’s no secret that heat rises! During the warmer months, try to spend more time downstairs or in your crawl space if you have one. You’ll take advantage of the cooler air that way. Also, if your bedrooms are located upstairs, when you open the windows at night, you’ll stay cooler while you sleep. Who doesn’t prefer sleeping in a cool house under plenty of blankets? 🙂
Eat cold food.
Kitchen appliances generate a lot of heat, which will require you to crank up the A/C. Try to cook less and eat more cold, raw foods like fresh fruits and veggies. You’ll stay cooler and get healthy in the process! You’ll also use less power, which will lower your electric bill even more.
Spend more time outdoors.
We know what your’e thinking: Why would you go outside in the sweltering summer months? Well, hopefully, you’ll enjoy a cool breeze that will help to offset some of the heat (depending on what part of the country you live in.) Spruce up your backyard space with a custom deck or a pool, set up the sprinklers for the kids to run around, and you won’t even notice how hot it is. Plus, when you’re outside, you won’t be worried about how hot it is inside your home, and if you keep your A/C turned off during the day to save money, we can guarantee it’s hotter in there!
Another option is to build a screened-in porch or sunroom with overhead fans that can keep you cool on the hottest days of the year. This is a great way to take advantage the perks of outdoor living without the heat!
p.s. If you’re out on the East Cost, our good friends Erik and Bob at Outdoor Lifestyles in Winston Salem can help you build a custom outdoor living space that you’ll appreciate for decades to come! Check out their website at: https://www.outdoorlifestylesllc.com.