Cooling Tips

General Home Tips

  • Plant a deciduous shade tree near your home to control the amount of heat that reaches your house.
  • Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home; about 10-25% of energy used to cool homes escapes via leaks.
  • Increase your attic insulation if the joists are showing. Recommended level: R-38 or 10-16 inches blown.

Your Thermostat

  • Install a programmable thermostat; set it higher when you are away.
  • When you're home, set your thermostat to 78 degrees.
  • Install ceiling fans to circulate cool air throughout the house.
  • Maintain consistent temperatures.
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How Ceiling Fans Save Energy

Windows and Vents

  • Shade your windows with light-colored shades to reflect heat.
  • Close draperies and shades on south-facing windows to block sunlight and heat during the day.
  • Install awnings on windows that get excessive sun in the late afternoon.
  • Move furnishings away from floor or return air vents.
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Shade in the Summer

Behaviors

  • Hang laundry outside to dry. Use the dryer's fluff cycle to soften any stiffness.
  • Use a microwave instead of a conventional oven.
  • Avoid using heat-producing appliances such as ovens or dryers during the hottest parts of the day.

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