Making your home energy efficient is a smart way to conserve electricity, protect the environment and save money all while keeping cool at the same time.
Here are some simple energy saving tips you can follow...
Try preparing cool foods that don't require you to turn on your oven, like gazpacho or cucumber soup, sandwiches, salads, veggies and dip or antipasto plates. Also consider canned and prepared foods.
Use battery and solar-powered fans to keep the air circulating.
Place a damp towel or sheet over a wire screen or open window to provide a cooling breeze.
During the day, keep your curtains drawn and external awnings down.
At night, take advantage of the cooler air by opening your windows.
Keep your interior doors open to allow air to move through your house.
Use lightbulbs that don't overheat and that use less energy, such as compact fluorescents.
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your electricity bill will be.
Don't place lamps or TV sets near your thermostat. It senses heat from such appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Apply caulking to doors and window frames to prevent warm air from seeping in.
Consider installing fans, like a ceiling fan or a portable fan, that will cool and ventilate your house as needed.
For more energy efficient tips check out www.energy.gov.on.ca.