In the U.S., we’ve been experiencing a brutal summer. In fact, this has been the hottest six months in the history of recorded weather. We are only 10 days into July and already there have been over 2,000 heat records broken across the country. When it’s this hot for this long, it can become a matter of health to stay cool, and that is why it is important to check in on elderly neighbors and family members during the summer. Their body’s thermostats may not be able to tell them when they are getting overheated or dehydrated and that can lead to medical emergencies if they aren’t attended to.
One other thing that is in danger during a heat wave, is your energy bill. We all know that weather like this can mean running the AC nonstop and an electric bill that can hit a record high of its own. So how can you keep cool and safe this summer, while also keeping your energy bill in check? Here are a few tips that can help:
- Keep your shades and curtains closed. The sun can produce an amazing amount of heat just by shining through your windows. Your AC won’t have to work as hard if you keep the sun out.
- If you are leaving for work (or longer than 4hrs), kick the thermostat up 5 to 10 degrees. There is no sense in cooling a house when you aren’t home.
- The same goes for rooms you aren’t using. Close the vents in rooms that aren’t actual living spaces. For example, spare bedrooms or second bathrooms don’t necessarily need to be cooled all the time.
- Turning off lights and other items (chargers, coffee pot, can opener, etc.) that run on electricity will not only reduce your electric bill, but can help bring down the temperature in a home. Have you ever touched a TV or computer after it has been on for a while? Believe it or not, those machines can raise the temperature in a room and make the AC kick on more frequently especially if they are positioned near a thermostat.
- Start using your grill more often. Turing on your oven or stove in the summer can dramatically heat up your kitchen. Try to grill outside more or eat meals that don’t necessarily require being cooked or heated.
- Check your air conditioner’s filters monthly and replace them as needed. This will help your unit run more efficiently.
- If you didn’t do so in the spring, have an AC technician run a diagnostic check on your air conditioner unit to make sure it is clean and running properly.
- Only run your washer, dryer and dishwasher at night. These appliances can also create quite a bit of heat in your home.
Hopefully this advice will help keep you cool and keep your electric bill manageble. If you have any other tips for beating the summer heat, feel free to let us know in the comment section below.
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