Hi all, I saw an article in this week’s Colorado Springs Gazette and I thought I would summarize it for you. 8 ways to save energy in the summer time.

Part of this article assumes you have air conditioning so adjust as needed.

  1. Find a comfort zone – Set the A/C as high as you can comfortably be. In my household we do a daytime temperature of 78 degrees. Get a setback thermostat to help you adjust.
  2. Keep the curtains closed – Great idea with or without A/C. If you don’t have A/C, close the curtains and try to trap the cool air that comes in during the night. If you have A/C, it deflects the daytime sun.
  3. Circulate the Air – Get ceiling fans. Ceiling fans or low speed room fans assist at keeping air balanced in a home. Attic fans are also a great option as they remove the super-heated air in an attic.
  4. Cook Outdoors – Grill, Grill, Grill. Use that Bar B Q so you don’t have to turn on the stove or oven.
  5. Run appliances at night – the article talks about dryers and dishwashers because they generate heat. Makes sense and open the windows around those appliances to let the heat dissipate.
  6. Line dry clothes – this is a lost art! Hang clothes on a line or lawn furniture and don’t run the dryer.
  7. Use natural light – in other words use less light bulbs and light in your home.
  8. Water your lawn in the night or early mornings – I added this one. In the long run, you will use less water to keep you lawn green.

Have a Great Summer!!

Brian