Hints & HELP!
Energy - Summer
by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appears in the July 11,
2004 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
in Nebraska can be hot and humid. Energy conservation is
important all year and there all many ways in which we can
save energy in heating and cooling our home. Heating and
cooling accounts for 44 percent of the typical utility bill
for a home. By being aware of simple tips and energy saving
ideas one can decrease their bills and still live comfortably.
U.S. Department of Energy gives these suggestions for conserving
Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable in the summer.
The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures,
the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Programmable
thermostats can help you save as much as 10 percent a year
on your heating and cooling bills by turning your thermostat
back 10 to 15 percent for 8 hours. With this type of thermostat,
you can adjust the times you turn on the air-conditioning
according to a pre-set schedule. Programable thermostats
are not expensive and will pay for themselves in a short
amount of time.
Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely. In
just one-hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of cooled
or warmed air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the
the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during
the day to prevent solar gain.
using an interior fan in conjunction with your window air
conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through
your home without greatly increasing your power usage.
ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting
about four degrees F with no reduction in comfort. It is
helpful to install a fan in each room that needs to be cooled.
place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat.
The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which
can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but
not to block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade
uses as much as 10 percent less electricity than the same
one operating in the sun.
If you wish to ventilate your home naturally these suggestions
can be helpful.
Learn how air flows naturally through your home.
Take advantage of cool night air and ventilate your home
by natural or mechanical methods.
Keep a clear path for airflow both inside and outside
Close windows, doors, and window coverings in the morning
before your home starts to heat up.
Avoid producing heat in your home when it's hot outside.
time to check your home for ways you can conserve energy
and use good common sense when heating and cooling.
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