Summer is slowly creeping up on us and with it comes the warmer temperatures. Here are a few tips to keep cool on a budget.
- Take advantage of the cool evenings. Open windows and doors with screens to bring the inside temperature down.
- During the day make sure to close up your house and draw blinds and drapes so the house stays darker and thus cooler.
- Use ceiling or room fans, this will allow you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room.
- Turn up your Thermostat when you are not home. Look into a programmable thermostat, to be able set certain temperatures at certain times of day.
- Replace your air conditioner filters. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit.
1) Caulking and Weather Stripping: ENERGY STAR estimates you can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by properly sealing and insulating. Caulking and weatherstripping are simple, effective, and inexpensive ways of sealing air leaks in your home. Caulk is generally used for cracks and openings between stationary house components like around door and window frames. Weatherstripping is used to seal components that move, such as doors and operable windows.
2) Window Films: Window ﬁlms can help reduce energy costs up to 50% by blocking unwanted heat during the warm months while keeping heat in when you need it. Eliminating hot and colds spots will also help reduce excess use of HVAC equipment and can prolong its life. They also can block up to 99% of unwanted UV Rays, winch can fade your furniture and carpet.
3) Change to Low Flow Shower heads and Aerators on Faucets: Low flow shower heads can range from $10 to $200, and can come in different options, 1.5 to 2 gpm(Gallons Per Minute). Some even come with what they call a “Pause Button” to restrict the water til you need it rinse off. It will save you on average 2000 gallons of water per person per year. Aerators for faucets cost only a couple dollars and can save you around a $100 a year. For maximum water efficiency, purchase aerators that have flow rates of no more than 1.0 gpm. Both low flow shower heads and aerators for faucets are super easy to replace yourself.
4) Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs): Energy Star-qualified CFLs use around 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. Replacing 15 inefficient traditional incandescent bulbs can save you about $50 per year.
The First Earth Day was founded 43 years ago today on April 22, 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson. 20 years later in 1990 it went global and had over 200 million people participate in environmental activities in over 140 countries. Today it is expected to have over 1 billion people in over 190 countries participate in activities. This year’s theme is The Face of Climate Change. Help build the global mosaic by submitting a picture of you face with sign that says “The Face of Climate Change” to http://www.earthday.org/2013/.
Earth Day graphic produced by the Kars4Kids car donation program “Responsible vehicle recycling for future generations.