I don’t know where you live but where I am it is HOT!! It was 32 degrees before 8am! That means I was sweating even before I left to go to work! Tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter! As you can see below I have a ladylike “glow” or let’s be honest, I am sweaty!
With heat comes air conditioning. I don’t have a/c but I am sitting in front of a fan. With the high temperatures comes high energy consumption. There are a lot of things we can do to keep cool AND save energy!
- Keep your shades and curtains closed to keep the cool in and the hot sun out!
- Don’t use appliances you don’t need! For example if you have to cook something, cook it in a toaster oven and not the big oven. And unplug everything you aren’t using!
- Keep your air conditioning at 78 when you are there and 85 when you aren’t, or even better turn it off when you go to work!
- Turn off the lights! They produce more heat you do not want!
Here is a great comparison of fans versus air conditioning from www.weconserve.ca :
“A stand up fan uses 75 watts, and a window unit will use 100 watts. Running continuously for twelve hours a day they will use 2.1 KWh of electricity. A 1,000 watt air-conditioner, running all day for 75% of the time will use 18 KWh. A central air-conditioning unit can use up to 3,500 watts, and will use about 63 KWh.
Using the two fan system can save between 16 and 60KWh of electricity each day.”
So do what you can to keep cool and save energy! Happy Summer everyone!