Written by Melody Thacker, Independent Watkins Associate on July 10, 2008
Frugal Homemaking, Green Housekeeping, Simplify
The summer heat is here and we are all doing our best to stay comfortable and cool but that usually means a high electric bill! Here’s how to save energy and money this summer.
Keep the sun out! Close the curtains, drapes or blinds to keep the sun and heat it generates out of your home. Plant a vine so that it grows over your windows to shade them in the summer. Hang bamboo blinds over the outside of your windows. Add a heat blocking liner to your drapes or temporarily hang a sheet or towel over a window with sheer or lace curtains to block the sun.
Turn your portable air conditioner down, and use the power saver option if it has one. Use fans to move and circulate the cool air. If you have central air, turn the thermostat up. 75 degrees feels cool when it’s hitting 90 or more outside!
If it cools off outside at night, open all your windows and let the cooler air in, then close them in the morning before the temperature rises. This works even better if there is a breeze, if not place fans in a few window facing out to blow the warm air out of your home.
Keep your home from heating up by keeping the sun out and letting the cool night air in, plus adjusting your air-conditioning to a warmer temperature and using fans will all save you energy and money this summer!