5 Unique Ways to Conserve Energy and Beat the Heat This Summer

When the air turns warm and the snow begins to melt, you know summer isn’t far off, and that means days spent at the pool or the beach, evenings of barbecuing, and a much-needed vacay. Unfortunately, when the temperatures really start to soar, it also heralds the need for air conditioning. And this can lead to some truly heinous utility bills, especially if you’ve never taken the time to properly optimize your HVAC system. While you can certainly observe old standbys like closing the windows and drawing the shades, shutting the air off during the day while you’re at work, and even having an energy audit performed so you can see where the bought air is leaking out, there are a lot more ways you can get creative in order to conserve energy and still beat the heat. Here are a few unique options you might want to try.

  1. Energy film. You’ve probably seen the shady film that people put on their car windows to protect the interior from sun exposure, and you might even know that you can get similar stuff for the windows on your house. What you may be unaware of is the fact that you can actually use energy film, a product guaranteed to lower the temperature inside your home, helping you to stay cool, conserve energy, and save some money on your electric bill. As a bonus, some energy film even offers a two-way view that allows you to see outside unobstructed while hiding the interior of your home from prying eyes.
  2. Spruce up the basement. If you happen to have a basement in your home then you no doubt realize that it’s the coolest place in the house during the heat of summer. And yet, you don’t necessarily want to hang out in your dark, dank basement all summer long. So why not spruce the place up? Put in some drywall and subflooring, add carpeting and some brightly colored paint, then finish it off with ample lighting, comfy furniture, and entertainment options so that you have an amazing space to relax and keep cool without cranking up the AC.
  3. Add a tree line. You probably appreciate the shade that trees provide when you’re standing outdoors, and you can take the same concept a step further by planting a few tall trees around your home to protect it from the sun. This addition can help to keep your house a lot cooler during the summer months, and in the winter they may also act as a wind break. Plus, they’ll add some extra oxygen to your immediate atmosphere.
  4. Program your thermostat. If you haven’t upgraded to a programmable thermostat yet you should definitely consider getting rid of your old dial model and making the switch. And if you have a digital thermostat but you never bothered to learn how to program it, what are you waiting for? By programming your thermostat to change temperatures throughout the day you can conserve energy and still come home to a cool interior.
  5. Optimize your AC. An AC unit that’s hopelessly outdated is probably costing you a lot more than a newer model. After all, how long do air conditioners last? Well, the answers vary, but let’s just say your current model is more than 10 or 15 years old. That means there are newer and more efficient models designed to help you conserve energy. They may cost a bit up front, but over time they’ll pay off in savings on your utility bill.

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