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Summer Energy Savings Are No Sweat


June 24, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Reduce The Use

Get a bunch of Southern women together in the summer, and they will eventually get around to talking about how dang hot and humid it is!

My friends and family are a perfect example: I had some of them over this weekend for dinner, and as we sat inside enjoying our meal we talked about how nice it would've been to enjoy it on the patio. But it was just too dang hot!

After supper, I got up to turn on the ceiling fan rather than lowering the thermostat. One of my friends told us she ran her fan all of the time, but I suggested it was better to turn it off when the room was empty because the fan only cools our skin and not the room. She was surprised to hear she'd been wasting energy.

This sparked a conversation about other ways to stay cool and save energy during these hot summer months. Other ideas we discussed were cooking meals on the grill, like we had done that evening. Grilling keeps the heat out of the kitchen and the house. Someone else suggested using the microwave or toaster oven to prevent your kitchen from getting too warm. Another handy tip is to wait until the cooler hours of the day to run the dishwasher and laundry.

We talked about how we all love to open the curtains and blinds and let in the wonderful sunlight, but we all acknowledged this could also raise a home's temperature. We even got into a conversation about how heat pumps need regular tune-ups just like a car and how damaged or torn ductwork can make your HVAC system work harder to keep your home cool. Every little bit helps when it gets to be as hot as it's been these past several days.

I'm sure we missed a tip or two before solved the rest of the world's problems. Fortunately, you can find these and other tips online and on Facebook and Twitter.