It’s starting to warm up now that mid-summer’s here, and we all want to defeat the heat. If you have an air conditioner, you probably don’t want to crank it up all the time since you’ll pay for it when your electric bill comes. Or maybe you don’t have air conditioning and are looking for tips to stay cool. Here are some heat-beating tips that use little or no electricity.
- Buy a room fan for less than $15 and cool down people in a room using a very small amount of power.
- A bowl of ice placed in front of a fan so that the air blows across the ice can add cooling moisture to your room.
- Ceiling fans are effective, and we even offer a rebate for purchasing up to three ceiling fans. Be sure the ceiling fan is going in the right direction: run it counterclockwise in the summer so that air is forced downward. Most ceiling fans have a switch to change the direction of the blades.
- At night or in the early morning, open windows and even doors to bring the cool outside air into your home or apartment. Use a fan in the window to help draw the cool air in. Then close up your home when you leave for the day to trap that air inside.
- Close your blinds and/or curtains to block sunlight and outdoor warmth from your living areas. Solar heat gain heats up your living space.
- Use the microwave or outdoor barbeque to cook meals, or consider preparing cold meals like salads. A hot stove or oven increases the indoor temperature.
- Exhaust fans in bathrooms can vent warm air from your home, especially after a hot shower.
- Get rid of incandescent lights that generate a lot of heat and put in LED bulbs, which produce very little heat while using far less electricity.
- During the hottest parts of the day, spend time at the library, mall, or movie theater. These places are great cooling centers for the community.
To save energy and money, remember to turn off fans when no one is in a room. Fans directly cool people, not empty spaces!