Ah – summer in Fort Collins! It’s time to get outdoors and see all that Fort Collins and Northern Colorado has to offer. But, when you’re home during the hot days, it can be hard to stay cool. With this in mind, we wanted to give you some tips and tricks to efficiently cool your home, while maximizing comfort for you and your family.
Tip #1: Window coverings are for more than keeping the light out while you’re trying to sleep or decoration. Good honeycomb or cellular blinds, or even heavier curtains, can help reflect the sunlight and heat that can make your home unbearably hot. Keep ‘em closed during the day, and your home will stay noticeably cooler!
Tip #2: Use the bathroom fan for 20 minutes after you shower. It’ll get rid of the hot, humid air that causes your air conditioning to work harder. And, it’ll help ensure that the moisture left in the air after a shower doesn’t turn into mold in your walls.
Tip #3: Open your home’s windows in the evening when it starts to cool down, and leave them open throughout the night. Close them in the morning when the outside temperature starts to rise. Doing this will help keep your home cooler longer into the day, and reduce the amount of time that your air conditioner runs.
Tip #4: Ceiling and oscillating fans are much more energy efficient than window A/C or central air units. Cool your home with fans as long as possible to save energy. And, fans used in tandem with your air conditioning unit will help make the work your air conditioning unit does more effective.
Tip #5: Using your oven or stove top to cook on hot summer days will only make your house warmer. Instead, consider grilling outdoors to keep the heat outside. And, who doesn’t love some good barbeque? If you don’t have an outdoor grill, using a microwave to cook as many of your meals as possible will also ensure that your house stays cooler when compared to using an oven/stove top.
Tip #6: Programmable thermostats can help save a lot of energy in your home. By installing a programmable thermostat, you can set your A/C to a higher temperature when no one is home during the day, and at night when outdoor temperatures are lower. What should you set it to? Some thermostats have an easy to select Energy Star setting, or you can program to these temperatures to help maximize efficiency:
While home: set temperature to 78°F+
While away: set temperature to 85°F+
While sleeping: 82°F+
Because 48% of your home’s energy can be attributed to the efforts that go into cooling it, try these methods to help keep your home as cool as possible, without using a lot of energy. Need more tips and tricks to save energy at home? Check out lose-a-watt.com for other simple tips and tricks!