Seasonal energy savers
Energy Saving Tips
High humidity makes our bodies hold more heat. Try these tips to keep you and your home cool and comfortable in the summer:
- Perform activities such as mopping and washing dishes in the coolest part of the day. These tasks add moisture — and heat — to your home in the summer.
- With the bathroom door closed, a bathroom exhaust fan or open window will act to remove heat and moisture. This spares the air conditioner extra work.
- Use your kitchen exhaust fan to remove excess heat, moisture and cooking odors. But don’t let it run more than 15 minutes after cooking or it will be taking out conditioned air.
- Use ventilated awnings and other shading devices to prevent heat from entering windows exposed to direct sunlight.
- Each time the door is opened, hot air enters your home. Try to keep in-and-out traffic from overworking your cooling system.
- Remember that dark colors absorb heat. You can repel excess heat by using light-colored blinds, shades and draperies on the sunny sides of the house. Make sure the draperies are insulated or lined.
- Open crawl space and attic vents during summer months to promote ventilation and reduce humidity, decreasing moisture load on your cooling system.
Staying warm in winter
There are many things you can do to make you and your home more comfortable in the winter. Consider these tips for staying warm:
- Use an electric blanket at night. An electric blanket is more economical than heating the entire house all night long.
- Use a small room fan or ceiling fan to circulate and distribute heated air.When reversed, ceiling fans can push hot air from the ceiling to the occupied areas of the room.
- Although a crackling fire in the fireplace can make a room appear to be more warm and cozy, fireplaces are often a deterrent to energy efficiency because a lot of the heated air escapes up the chimney. A fireplace designed for providing heat eliminates this problem through a draft which supplies the fire with outside air rather than air from the room.
- Keep cold wind outside by closing garage doors.
- Close all louvers and vents in the attic or foundation walls during the winter— but be sure to open them when the weather turns warm.
- If you use portable electric heaters, use them only in small areas. Buy models that are thermostatically controlled.
- Make sure heating outlets and return air registers are not blocked by furniture, draperies, doors or other obstacles.
- Leave draperies open on sunny days so your house will absorb the sun’s heat. Close them on the shaded side of the house and at night.
- 9 Ways To Lower Your Heating Bill (christianpf.com)
- Do Your Part To Prevent Winter’s Bite (doyourpart.com)
- New Energy Efficiency from Old Attic Vents (prweb.com)
- 15 Ways to Winterize Your Home (artofmanliness.com)