The dog days of summer are here. I thought you might enjoy these tips from smart2begreen.com for keeping the utilities and the temperatures down.
The weather may be hot,
But wasting energy is not.
Use fans instead of the AC,
And cool your home naturally.
As the weather heats up, many Americans immediately dash to their thermostat to crank up the energy hungry air conditioner. Cooling your house-naturally or with the help of energy-efficient table, window, and ceiling fans saves energy and money, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and increases the air quality in your home.
- The standard human comfort level for light clothing during the summer is between 72F and 78F. An energy-efficient ceiling fan will allow you to raise your comfort range to 82F by producing a cooling breeze.
- Use energy-efficient window fans at night or when the temperature of the incoming air is less than 77F. To utilize these fans properly, they should be placed on the downside of your home and be facing outward. Also a window should be open in each room and all interior doors should be open.
- Oscillating table or house fans are a wonderful way to stay cool and also mimic Earth's soothing tropical breezes. Why not grab a frosty refreshment, put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt, and remind yourself why you have waited all winter long for the hot summer days to arrive?