Home Energy Conservation – No and Low Cost Cooling Savings Tips

Editor’s Note: To view the 240+ different energy conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our Un-Official Guide To Home Energy Conservation.

Additionally, this and the energy conservation articles the next few days were written prior to our recent home energy and water energy conservation contest. In the next few weeks, we will be consolidating the new conservation suggestions we received and will be publishing both our expanced Un-Official Guide to Home Energy Conservation as well as writing about the many new suggestions we received.

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So far this year we have been reviewing the different ways in which you can reduce your utility bills at home and save money, while at the same time as saving the planet. Most of these ideas cost you nothing or next to nothing to do.

As part if this review, we wrote on the many ways of reducing both home heating (in the winter) and home cooling (in the summer) costs.

Today we review ideas on specific to how you can reduce your air conditioning costs to keep your home cool in the hot summer months at no or low cost to you.

A lot of places in North America are already experiencing daily highs of 80 degrees F, with the rest of us not too far behind. So what better than to review the last grouping of the ideas for home energy conservation, those related strictly to home cooling. To review our discussions earlier this year of energy conservation ideas which impact both home heating and cooling, simply select this link to No Cost Heating & Cooling.

Here is the Un-Official Guide to Home Energy Conservation ‘s listing of home cooling related energy conservation tips:

 

First, remember to open your windows at night or when ever the temperature outside is cooler than the inside during the summer (#1). Simple enough. Remember to close them when it starts to heat up outside too!

Make sure your thermostat’s temperature is higher in the summer than in the winter (#2). In the winter you want a lower temperature combined with heavier clothing to reduce the amount of heat consumed to keep you and your family sufficiently warm. However, in the winter not only do you shed those heavy clothes but also raise the temperature setting on your thermostat to have the air conditioning come on only when you really need it.

Keep your air conditioning unit free from grass and weeds (#3) which can block the air from circulating into and out from the unit with sufficient ease, which will make the A/C unit have to work harder, consuming more electricity, and thus costing you more on your monthly electric bill.

When it comes to cooking, nothing more directly generates heat in the house than cooking inside. So, in the summer months consider using the barbeque in the summer (with charcoal) (#4) as well as using the microwave vs the stove (#5) in order to reduce the heat inside.

Want to keep the sun from entering past your window coverings on the inside of your home? One contestant in our home energy conservation tips contest last fall suggested using white (vs dark) window coverings inside the house in the summer (#6)

Next we have a lot of ideas on how plants on the outside can help keep the inside cool in the summer.

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Plant one or more shade trees on the south side of your home to help shade your home from the sun (#7). When you do this, make sure you plant the trees according to how large they will eventually get, rather than planting them too close together (#8). It might take a few years before the trees are sufficiently tall and wide to provide you with the shade you want, but there’s no rushing Mother Nature. icon smile Home Energy Conservation   No and Low Cost Cooling Savings Tips Otherwise you can get a like of shade trees looking like the ones beyond the fend in the picture below which are way too close together.

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Plant your shade trees away from power lines (#9), away from sewers (#10) and away from underground cable / power lines (#11).

Consider planting climbing vines along the south wall of your home to help give shade in the summer (#12).

Some people plant a small bush or tree near the air conditioning unit to prevent the sun from heating the A/C unit’s components which might help to heat the air going inside the home resulting in the unit having to work harder to cool the home’s air (#13).

Lastly, those who have dogs or cats may also have the small opening in the back or side door through which the pet can freely enter or leave the house on their own. If this applies to you, every so often check to see that the doggy-door swings sufficiently freely so it will properly close after the pet had passes, other wise consider lubricating the hinges (#14).

Tomorrow, we look at ideas which might cost some money, but can result in significant electricity savings by reduced need to run your home’s air conditioner so much in the summer, including our favorite energy conservation device to help reduce (not eliminate) the need for an air condition throughout the summer.

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