The summer heat is here and it’s time to think about ways to cool your home while conserving energy! You can take actions now that will keep you more comfortable during these hot summer days, save you some money, and help the environment!
Cool Your Home Efficiently
• Consider using window A/C units to cool specific spaces, and closing off those rooms that you don’t need to cool. By reducing the space you want to cool, you’ll be more comfortable and you’ll save money!
• Cool your house at night by opening windows and using fans to cool off if you don’t have air conditioning. Close windows early in the morning and keep them closed all day.
• Use ceiling and portable fans to blow air on you and your family members. Remember: fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you’re not in the same room.
Reduce Unnecessary Heat
• Turn off your electronics and appliances which generate heat. Using a power strip will help you to quickly and easily turn off your lights, computer, and television with one easy click.
• Humidity makes the heat feel worse, so run your bathroom exhaust fan when you use the shower, and consider running a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air in your home.
• Cook outside! Now is a great time to fire up the grill and keep all that heat outside of your kitchen. Your home will then use less energy and money to stay cool.
Improvements to Your Home
• Explore air sealing and insulating your attic! Get started by scheduling a home energy assessment, which helps homeowners become eligible for assistance through Mass Save’s energy efficiency program. Insulation is available at EcoBuilding Bargains for just $5-7 per bag!
• Shade your windows from the inside, using light-colored curtains or blinds. Or from the outside by installing awnings or planting tall shrubs.
• Consider installing heat pumps which are now even more affordable through our program Solar Access! Heat pumps use electricity to very efficiently heat and cool your home. Rather than burning fossil fuels to create heat and cool, heat pumps move heat from one place to another – bringing heat into your home in the winter and removing heat in the summer.