Summer is the time of year when we turn off the fireplace and enjoy the heat from the sun. But even though you may not be heating your house daily or using the lights in the evening, energy is still being consumed. Here are some ways you can be more energy-efficient this season:
Choose a sprinkler that lays down water in a flat pattern. Oscillating sprinklers lose as much as 50 per cent of the water they disperse through evaporation.
During hot summer days, keep windows and curtains closed during the day and open windows to allow for free cool air at night.
Put your hot water tank on “vacation” setting while away on extended vacation.
Plan your heat generating activities such as baking and laundry for cooler parts of the day, like early morning or late evening.
Shut off your natural gas fireplace (including pilot) during the summer months when not in use.
Before investing in an air conditioner, or turning your existing one on, minimize costs first by reducing the need for mechanical cooling through these tips: seal air gaps with caulking or weather stripping, plant trees on the west and south sides of your home, and use ceiling fans as more cost effective alternatives.
Most ceiling fans can be switched to change the direction of the airflow. In the summer the blades of the ceiling fan should push the air downwards creating air movement in the room, making it feel cooler.
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