Simple Tips for Staying Cool & Saving Energy

Summer is here! Follow these tips to keep cool while keeping your home energy costs to a minimum:

Basic Strategies to Keep Cool

  • Close blinds and drapes or cover windows during daylight hours to keep the sun off the glass.
  • Keep your house closed during the day to keep heat out and ventilate it well at night to let cool air in.
  • Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. If you have central air conditioning, close off vents to unused rooms.
  • Turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms. Turn off or unplug unnecessary electronics.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear lightweight, loos fitting clothing on hot days to help keep cool.
  • Drink plenty of cold liquids.

Habits that Save Energy

  • Skip the dishwasher's drying cycle. Air dry items instead.
  • Dry laundry on a clothesline.
  • Set your A/C thermostat to 78. You can save up to 5 percent on your air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.
  • Place heat-producing appliances such as lamps and televisions away from the air conditioning thermostat to prevent inaccurate temperature readings.
  • Cook more meals in your microwave or grill outdoors. This will cook your food instead of heating your home.
  • Save jobs that produce moisture -- like mopping, dishwashing and washing clothes -- for early morning or night-time hours. The humidity from these activities can make homes uncomfortable.
  • Use ceiling and other fans to provide additional cooling and better circulation.

Investments That are Worth It

  • Shade your air conditioner; make sure it has good airflow on all sides.
  • Add insulation if needed to stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
  • Good attic ventilation keeps your house cooler. Keep attic vents clear and attic fans functioning properly.
  • Install awnings or plant deciduous trees to shade windows on the south and and east sides of your home.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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