It’s getting hot out there…

It’s plenty warm in much of the country, signaling the official start of the summer. Need some ideas on how to make the price tag linked to hot weather burn a little less? We’ve got some tips for you. 

If you’re in the market for a new air-conditioning system or appliances, look for the EnergyGuide label attached to most appliances. The label explains how much energy an appliance uses, and makes it easier to compare to similar models. Think about it this way: the more energy efficient an appliance is, the less it costs to run, and the lower your utility bills might be. You also could save money by asking your local utility salesperson about cash rebates, tax breaks, or other incentives for buying energy-efficient products. Learn more at energy.gov/savings.

Image of thermostatOf course, small savings can add up, too. Try bumping up the temperature before heading out of your home for the day. You might consider buying a programmable thermostat that changes the temperature automatically, so it’s one less thing for you to remember. Drawing the curtains and closing the blinds during the day also might keep your home from heating up as much. And remember to check your air-conditioner filters to see if they need to be cleaned or replaced.

Depending on where you live, radiant barriers could help you save money in the long run. Radiant barriers can be installed in your attic, and can help reduce air-conditioning costs in the summer by reflecting radiant heat instead of absorbing it. Check out the radiant barrier calculator and our information on home insulation to see if it makes sense for you. And remember that installing radiant barriers won’t help reduce cooling costs in all climates, and won’t reduce heating costs in the winter.

Want to know more? The Department of Energy has additional resources at energysavers.gov, and we’ve got more ideas for you at ftc.gov/green. Here’s to staying cool this summer — without breaking the bank!

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Comments

Well here are a few things I found useful when it's hot and uncomfortable. yep, you know when a heat wave is coming beforehand, so do these: 1. cook meals and make picnic type salads ahead of time, so you are not using the stove or oven for anything!If you want hot, microwave! 2. make lots of ice if you don't have an ice making frig. ice stores well in ziplocs in freezer, for ages. 3. do not leave any lights on during the day heat! unless you have gone l.e.d, most light bulbs are hot and heat up everything around them, and think about turning off the tv during the heat of the day, and unplugging the dvr. you can start it up later. 4. buy bottled water, or fill clean milk jugs with water and put in frig a few days before heatwave. 5. think about getting thermal curtains or drapes for any sun facing window. it's a good investment.If you can't afford them, then find something that will keep heat from coming in the windows. 6.don't even think of using the clothes dryer during heatwave. even though it's vented, it still has a motor, and the whole unit can heat up and will radiate that heat back into a room. 7. buy fans, and close off any room you don't use, so air flows to places you need it to. 8. if you're half dead go to an air conditioned shelter or hospital. 9. if you need sleep and it's too hot, wet a beach, or other towel, wring it out, and lay it on top of your body.If you've gone outside and come back hot, cool your head the same way. A wet towel's evaporation will cool you. repeat as needed. 10. drink that cool water and lots of it, and remember to make more ice, and put more water in frig. Good Luck! when all else fails, buy an air conditioner, but follow same drills above to save electricity. dryers and ovens run on 220v current and are expensive.

Thank you for the tips. I read one or two tips that I can immediately share and implement. Again, thank you.
Kaye

Thank you for hot-weather energy conservation suggestions in the home. Quite helpful!

thank you for your tips! Great to know that we are never to old to learn new tricks!!

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