The Department of Energy (DOE) puts together a list of energy saving tips for every month. Since it still feels like summer in Iowa, here are some efficient ways to keep cool:
- Air conditioners require regular maintenance to run efficiently and effectively. Make sure your air filters have been cleaned or changed recently.
- Don’t waste energy when you’re not there to benefit from it – turn back your thermostat when you won’t be home, or invest in a programmable thermostat that will adjust automatically.
- Use a fan to create a “wind-chill” effect in the room – constantly moving air to make it feel cooler – but don’t forget to turn it off when you’re not present as fans cool people, not the air.
- If it cools down at night, turn off your air conditioner and use natural ventilation by cracking open a window. In the morning, shut the windows and blinds before the day heats up again.
- Seal air leaks in your home. This method is a quick and cost-effective way to cut down on energy costs.
- Avoid heating your home and using excess energy with appliances and electronics by using a microwave, toaster, or counter-top grill rather than an oven to cook your meals.