Keep Cool and Beat the Heat!

Have you ever had the thought as warmer weather gets closer, should I suffer the heat or turn on my Air conditioning? Knowing full well it could add forty percent or more to your electric bill. Homeowners throughout the country who face ever increasing energy costs this summer are already asking themselves that very question.  Here on the East Coast we’re supposed to get into the 70’s this week!! In our neck of the woods that’s considered a heat wave.  Time for the beach and keeping ourselves cool!

Keeping that in mind, we’ve put together a few relatively inexpensive tips to beat the heat.

Our studies show that a home temperature should be between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to keep most people comfortable.

The best effective, energy efficient way to achieve that range?

  • Create air flow.  Simply move air around, push warm inside air out while bringing cooler outside air in.
  • Change your cooking, laundry and dish washing habits.
  • Make windows work for you instead of against you.
  • Keep the house closed tight during the day.
  • Switch to energy efficient light bulbs, turning them and other heat sources off when not needed.
  • Ease yourself into appreciating higher temperatures.

Each of these will help as you ease into the warmer months.  What do you do when things get hot?