1. Don’t turn the A/C on as soon as it warms up. Open windows and spend lots of time outdoors instead. It is said that the body takes about 2 weeks to adjust to seasonal temperature change. So give it some time in the beginning and the rest of the summer will be more comfortable and you’ll use less energy in keeping cool.
2. Break out the fans. Putting a fan in the window draws cool evening and early morning air into your home. Double fans that fit into the window frame are particularly effective. Ceiling fans are also good choices; they do not block the view from windows, nor do they take up floor space.
3. Cold foods can really help by lowering your core temperature. Try a frozen fruit smoothie for breakfast, and enjoy natural fruit popsicles. Eat chilled melons and frozen grapes.
4. Awnings save a great deal of energy by shading windows and doors. There are roll-up styles available for when the weather turns colder and you do want the sun to come in.
5. Draw curtains and shades when the sun is beating in through the windows. When it’s cooler outside, open the shades and blinds as well as the windows.
6. Open windows across from each-other to generate cross-ventilation.
7. Use the heat to dry your laundry. Hanging your clothes out saves a lot of energy.
8. Apply temporary tinting to your home’s windows. This is a technique that has been used by those who own antiques and other precious items subject to sun damage. Tinting has the added effect of keeping your house much cooler.
9. Turn off your lights as often as possible. When you do turn lights on, make sure you use fluorescent lights, either compact or tube bulbs. Fluorescent lights are much cooler than incandescent bulbs.
10. Plant trees or shrubs as natural sun-blockers around your home. Some shrubs and even trees can grow at remarkably rapid rates. Mimosa, forsythia, and some hybrid poplars will grow 6 feet or more in one season.
11. Spritz yourself with cool water as often as you like. For an extra-cooling spritz, mix 1/4 cup water or cool peppermint tea with 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol. Add 2-4 drops of peppermint essential oil, shake, and spritz. Spray your feet, too!
We hope that How to save electricity by conserving at home during the hot summer months helps you to stay cool and save electricity by conserving this hot summer!