Nothing marks a true Michigan summer like finally having to turn on your air conditioning to escape the heat. You may be thinking, how can I keep cool this summer without running my energy bill through the roof? Despite the higher temperature, it is possible to manage your energy use.
Here are 10 tips to increase energy efficiency in your home during the months ahead:
- Seal cracks with caulk or weather stripping to keep warm air from entering your home.
- Schedule a central air conditioner tune up to make sure your unit is running as efficiently as possible.
- Promote even air flow in your home by running your ceiling fan counterclockwise.
- Close your shades for east and west facing windows to keep your home from solar heat gain.
- If it is cooler at night, open your windows and turn off your air conditioning.
- Opt for no-cook meals to avoid generating more heat in your home. If cooking can’t be avoided, prepare meals ahead of time during cool evening hours.
- Keep your thermostat at a comfortable 78 degrees when you are home and higher when you leave for more than an hour.
- Give your dryer a break. Hang clothes outside to dry on sunny days.
- Swap out your existing incandescent bulbs for more energy efficient lighting options. Incandescent lights only use 10-15 percent of electricity for light while the rest turns into heat.
- Conserve hot water use. Take short showers with low-flow shower heads instead of baths.
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