With the latest increase in fuel prices, everyone is looking for a way to cut down costs and save money. However, with the summer heat quickly moving in, be prepared to spend more money on electricity and air conditioning. Unless, of course, you make use of the following tips:
Close the Damper: You would be surprised how many people forget to close the damper on their fireplace. If you run your air conditioner with an open damper, it will act as a vacuum sucking hot outside air into your home.
Use the Dishwasher Wisely: 1) Skip the drying cycle and instead, open the door and let the dishes air dry. 2) Because running the dishwasher creates additional heat, only use the dishwasher in the evening when the air inside is cooler.
Drink Plenty of Liquids: When you are dehydrated, your body temperature rises making you feel warmer. So, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids.
Fire up the Barbecue: Instead of using the oven, adding a lot of additional heat into your home, use an outdoor grill. You can use the grill to cook everything from vegetables to meat.
Use Fans Wisely: When using fans at night, have them blow outside the window. This will cause warm air to be blown out of your house. Naturally, cool air will flow in through the window. Contrary to what you may think, this method is much more efficient than having the window fans blowing inside your house.
Block the Sun: If you have window curtains and blinds, use them. Blocking out the sun can reduce the amount of heat that passes into your home by more than 25%.
Change the Filter: Make sure to clean or replace the air conditioning filter. A clean filter will enable your air conditioner to run as efficiently as possible. Some recommend cleaning or changing the filter monthly during the summer.
Hang a Clothesline: Hang your clothes outside to dry instead of using your clothes dryer. This will save not only energy, but it also will keep your home noticeably cooler.
Freezing Rice: Rice retains cold for a long time. Utilize this by filling a sock with rice and freezing it. Then place the frozen rice sock in your bed sheets and feel cool and comfortable all night long.