School is almost out (or for some of you, already out!), and as summer officially approaches, you can be sure that the days are going to get HOT. Where I live, we’ve already had some horribly sweat-inducing days, and with all the wacky climate fluctuations these days, its hard to predict what this summer has in store for us. You’re probably wondering, how can I avoid the heat without using too much energy from indoor appliances? When’s the best time to use appliances to lower peak energy demands? Read on for some interesting tips, and don’t forget to share with your parents (they’ll thank you for it)…
- Avoid cranking up the AC all the way. Instead, set the AC a little lower and use ceiling or room fans to help cool the room.
- Put lots of food in your refrigerator. That way, whenever you open the door, all the cold food stored together keeps individual items from warming up too fast.
- Try using appliances like washing machines or dryers before 4 p.m. and after 7 p.m. That way you’ll reduce the peak electricity demand on hot afternoons.
- Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when it is fully loaded.
- Line dry your clothes!
- Take shorter showers.
- On really hot days, weather strip your doors and close all windows.
- On a sunny day, who needs indoor lighting? Turn off the lights and bask in the natural sunlight
- Not really related to saving energy, but stay hydrated!
Please post any more ideas you have. We would all love to hear them :)
Remember, the best thing you can do for yourself and the planet is to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors!