Staying cool on a budget

Staying cool on a budget

When temperatures rise and we try and stay cool- our energy bills can shoot up too. While the advice may seem simple - it is possible to stay cool during this heat wave- while staying within a budget.

When temperatures rise and we try and stay cool- our energy bills can shoot up too.
While the advice may seem simple - it is possible to stay cool during this heat wave- while staying within a budget.
Logan Brown, with Efficiency Vermont says the trick is to keep the cool air in and the warm air out.
“In the morning before you leave or if you're home, shut the windows, keep the doors closed. if you have drapes or shades close those to keep it dark inside the house,” said Brown.
And if you have air conditioning-you know it can be costly to run. So Brown suggests running it only when needed.
“I wouldn't recommend leaving it on all the time, if you’re not at home. But if turning it on once you get home and letting it cool down the house meets your needs. Use it as little as necessary,” said Brown.
Instead- use a fan- because moving air is cool air. Brown says fans save on energy costs; running one for 12 hours a day costs roughly ten dollars a month.
“If you are using fans, you want to have them blowing right on you, that's where they are doing the best work is moving air across your body,” said Brown.
Brown suggests turning off lights- or anything that produces heat- especially during the hottest part of the day.
“All of those little steps will begin to add up to keep the home cooler then it would be normally,” said Brown.

Other tips include:
-Turn your fan into an air conditioner. Place a bowl of ice in front of your fan to cool down the air.
-Try to use heat generating appliances only during the coolest part of the day. Or don’t use them at all-instead hang clothes out to dry and let dishes in the dishwasher air dry instead of heat dry.
-Insulate the attic. A well-insulated attic is one of the best ways to keep heat out of your home.

For more tips visit Efficiency Vermont’s website.

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