It’s hard to believe that summer is already here! With temperatures creeping up into the high 80s this weekend and beyond, it’s a great time to prepare for the heat. Here are a few tips on how to keep your family cool while conserving energy!
Invest in energy-efficient windows.
Upgrading your windows to high-performance, energy-efficient models will improve the comfort of your home, as well as lower your energy bills.
Keep the sunshine out.
Reduce the heat in your home by shutting your windows and blinds facing the sun during the day. Then, open them at night.
Reduce the use of ceiling fans.
Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room to conserve energy. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms.
Avoid heating your home with appliances.
Large appliances like ovens and ranges don’t just heat up your food; they can also heat up your home! This summer, try recipes that require minimal cooking or use appliances like microwaves, electric pressure cookers or even cook outside on a grill.
For more tips to keep your home energy efficient, visit seattle.gov/city-light/stay-cool-tips.