How To Stay Cool in Summer

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Our Energy Expert shares simple ways to keep your apartment or single-family home comfortable and energy efficient. 

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  1. Richard Attix said:

    Yup…been doing all of these for years, and they really do help. Paying attention to where the sun is coming in through windows and how your blinds are set is huge! I adjust my Venetian Blinds several times a day to let light in but not the sun…reverse the process in the winter when you want the passive solar heat!

    at 2:11 pm on June 9, 2022
  2. Bob Armstrong said:

    Would be nice to find a reliable dehumidifier. Any recommendations? Always replace after 1 or 2 years.

    at 2:34 pm on June 9, 2022
  3. Justan Jenkins said:

    my ideal home would be a solar powered walk in freezer… but hey… i try these ideas and see if they help.

    at 2:36 pm on June 9, 2022
  4. Megan H said:

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

    at 3:30 pm on June 9, 2022
  5. Deborah Laurel said:

    The information about how to set the thermostat was particularly useful. Thank you!

    at 3:56 pm on June 9, 2022
  6. Valerie Schend said:

    I thought I was doing well, but you always have more information to help keep us cool this summer. Thanks

    at 5:27 pm on June 9, 2022
  7. James Monroe said:

    Good advice! Remember fans cool people not rooms.

    at 6:16 pm on June 9, 2022
  8. Elizabeth Niblack-Sykes said:

    We also use window fans at night to pull in cool air, then close windows and blinds in the morning. Our house stays quite comfortable most of the day!

    at 11:29 pm on June 9, 2022
  9. Carol Jean Krause said:

    Interesting video. Good ideas to keep in mind.

    at 1:24 am on June 10, 2022
  10. Jay Toser said:

    What works for our apartment, is to open the windows just before going to bed. The night air is both cooler, and more fresh than inside. Of course, close the windows at morning.

    at 1:43 am on June 10, 2022
  11. Michelle Buerger said:

    Thanks for the great tips to save energy this summer!

    at 6:52 am on June 10, 2022
  12. Sue Kopp said:

    Good tips. 85 seems really high to leave the temp at when you leave the house but I’ll try it.

    at 8:56 am on June 10, 2022
  13. Jay said:

    I love the ideas offered around exhaust fans, both for kitchen and bathroom, so thanks for that. Two things that aren’t mentioned:
    1. Use water to cool your body down, like wiping a damp washcloth over your arms as a quick and easy way to cool off.
    2. Go outside. If you have shady areas and there is a breeze, I find that the outside can be cooler than the inside of my house when the air conditioning isn’t running.
    As an aside, I do think air circulation using the system fan can be useful for short stints. If you have a thermostat that offers the ability to turn it on for a short period of time, you can use it to continue to circulate cool air that is already in the vents after the conditioner has turned off. Thanks for the information.

    at 9:22 am on June 10, 2022
  14. John Bockhop said:

    I use 2 air purifiers and and a fan that sits on my window. I have a tower fan in my bedroom. I only fun the fan on my air conditioner when i need too and use energy saver mode.

    at 1:07 pm on June 10, 2022
  15. Salud García said:

    Great suggestions! I grew up in California where we’ve been doing these things for decades and they really work!

    at 1:54 pm on June 10, 2022
  16. Susan Fadness said:

    Great, practical information. Fans are great for cooling off.

    at 9:49 am on June 11, 2022
  17. Leah Forseth said:

    Great Tips 🙂

    at 10:35 am on June 13, 2022
  18. Stacey Schaefer said:

    Love this solid and easy to follow advice. Please encourage businesses and restaurants to do the same. My work is freezing due to the AC in summer and it’s unpleasant eating in frigid restaurants.

    at 5:56 pm on June 13, 2022
  19. Barbara Brown said:

    I appreciate all the reminders…including that fans are more energy efficient than air conditioning.

    at 4:21 pm on June 14, 2022
  20. Erin Walker said:

    Thanks for sharing this!

    at 6:22 pm on June 14, 2022
  21. Stuart Utley said:

    Lots of very good, mostly common sense tips for greater comfort and lower energy use (and cost) to try during the warm summer months. Another option for homeowners, though admittedly not apartment dwellers, is the installation of a whole house fan. For a relatively small upfront investment of a few hundred dollars, it could pay for itself in the first year, and continue saving money for years to come while greatly reducing energy usage compared to air conditioning, and substantially improving comfort.

    at 6:15 am on June 17, 2022
  22. Carolyn Betz said:

    We run our whole house fan after the sun has gone down. It pulls in cooler night air and prevents us from having to use air conditioning, but only when the dewpoints are lower. If it’s too humid, it doesn’t help.

    at 12:40 pm on June 20, 2022

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