Energy Saving Tips for Keeping Cool

As the temperatures rise, keeping your home cool without skyrocketing energy bills becomes a priority. Especially with prices so high on utilities in Canada. Fortunately, there are several energy-saving strategies you can implement to maintain a comfortable indoor environment while also reducing your carbon footprint. It's a win-win! Here are some tips:

  • Close the curtains! Direct sunlight can significantly increase indoor temperatures. Close blinds, curtains, or shades during the hottest parts of the day to block out heat. Consider using blackout curtains or reflective window films for even greater insulation.
  • Use appliances sparingly! Appliances like ovens, dishwashers, and dryers generate a lot of heat. Try to use these appliances during cooler parts of the day or opt for no-cook meals. Use the microwave or an outdoor grill to minimize indoor heat.
  • Maximize your landscaping! Strategically planting trees and installing awnings or pergolas can provide natural shade and reduce the amount of direct sunlight that hits your home. This can significantly lower indoor temperatures and reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • Seal your home! Proper insulation and sealing can prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering. Check for gaps around windows, doors, and ducts, and use weather stripping or caulk to seal them. Ensure your attic and walls are well-insulated to maintain a consistent indoor temperature.
  • Ventilate well! Proper ventilation helps remove hot air from your home. Use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to expel warm, humid air. Attic fans can also help remove heat buildup in the attic, preventing it from seeping into your living spaces.
  • Invest in your roof! Consider upgrading your roof with reflective materials or coatings that reduce heat absorption. Cool roofs can lower roof temperatures by up to 28°C, reducing the amount of heat transferred into your home.
  • Spend time downstairs! If you have multiple levels in your home, consider moving things such as the living room or offices to the lowest level during the summer. Lower levels are always cooler!

Air conditioning is not the only answer to keeping your home cool. BY implementing even just a handful of the above tips, you can save money and stay sweat-free!

Posted by Ken Richter on
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