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So, is it hot enough for ya? I’m not sure what the summer temperatures have been like in your neck of the woods, but in Atlanta the “dog days” have been so bad, they’d send Florence + the Machine running back to England.
As of August 8, our hometown had reached temps of over 90º F during 6 days in May, 24 in June, 27 in July, and 6 in August. On 12 of those days, temps hit 95º or above!
Using the AC is a must, but there are many eco-friendly ways to cut down on energy consumption while keeping your cool.
Ceiling fans can create a killer breeze, or simply circulate the air from your AC more efficiently. Make sure you buy Energy Star fans, which use 50% less energy than comparable models.
In addition to thwarting peeping toms, closing your windows, shades and blinds keeps the sun from turning your room into something Dante might have dreamed up.
When night falls, you can open the ones oriented toward prevailing winds to catch the cool cross-breeze.
Insulation keeps the air in your crib from escaping through the ceiling, so it can benefit your energy costs year-round.
Make sure you seal the ducts around the vents and registers, where we can lose up to 20% of our cooled air.
You can also get a tax credit worth 10% of the cost of materials, up to $500.
Shield yourself from the brutal heat of the sun by planting deciduous trees on the east and west sides of your home.
The broad leaves will provide shade in summer, while allowing warmth to shine through in the winter.
Incandescent light bulbs create as much heat as they do light, and home electronics stay hot even when they’re on standby.
Shut ’em off to save energy and cool things down a notch, and consider replacing old bulbs with Energy Star bulbs, which produce 75% less heat. –Bret Love