Rebecca’s Tips: How to Stay Cool and Save Energy at Home During Summer
Some will argue that Summer is actually San Francisco’s coldest season but lately, the days have been beautifully warm and sunny. There’s also the good 10-12 days of excruciating (at least for San Franciscans) heat that we seem to experience anytime from July through September. Here are some tips homeowners can use to minimize indoor heat and stay cool during
summer really warm days.
The dishwasher uses less water than washing by hand. Let dishes air-dry to save electricity! Pro-tip: Run it at night and let them air-dry, if you can.
Having a full fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. Do this so your fridge doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cool.
Microwave vs Stove
Although this method is questionable and definitely not advisable for continuous usage, microwaving apparently saves a whole lot more energy than using the stove. Again, use your better judgment with this method.
Save 4% energy by using cold water setting for both washing and rinsing. Clean the lint filter after every use. Run the dryer (full loads!) at night to minimize indoor heat during daytime.
Keep the blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night. This is a no-cost way to keep your home a little cooler.
Fans are a low-cost way to keep cool.
Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re home and 85 degrees or off when you are away. Using fans allow you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room.
Save 2% energy by turning off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use. Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren’t in use- most new electronics use electricity even when switched off.
Having potted plants not only create ambiance for your home. It also purifies and cools the air! Orchids, palms, ferns and anthuriums are some favorites.