Quick tips to stay cool and save energy this summer

Environment Oregon summer intern Madley Overstreet shares some tips for keeping your home cool this summer while also conserving energy.

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Residential neighborhood in Colorado, USA. Summertime.
Madley Overstreet

Summer intern

Many of us increase our energy consumption in the summer when trying to keep our homes cool. Here are some quick tips for cutting down your energy use, while also keeping your home comfortable, to help save energy, save money and save the planet:

  1. If you have a ceiling fan, set it to turn counterclockwise to keep air circulating downward to maintain a breeze indoors. 
  2. Appliances create heat when they’re on – wait until you have a full load to run your laundry machine or dishwasher, and run them in the evening when it is cooler. 
  3. Skip the oven and cook outside on the grill this summer. Heat-producing cooking appliances drastically increase indoor temperatures. 
  4. If wildfire smoke is a concern, make sure to keep windows closed and avoid using window air conditioning units as much as possible. 
  5. Fans are your friends – use a window fan on the shady side of your house to pull cool air in and a second fan on the opposite side to blow hot air out. 
  6. Cut energy costs by setting the temperature at home to 72–75° F and a few degrees higher when away.
  7. Check and replace your air conditioner filters regularly, especially if wildfire smoke is prevalent in your area. 
  8. If your home has central air conditioning installed, add weather stripping around draft doors and windows to ensure cool air isn’t escaping. 
  9. Invest in low-flow water fixtures and washing machines to help reduce your water use in dry seasons. 
  10. Instead of using AC you can cool your home by opening the windows at night to let the cool air in then shutting them and drawing down the blinds to trap the cold air inside throughout the day. 

Happy Summer!

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Madley Overstreet

Summer intern

Madley is Environment Oregon’s summer intern working on our Clean Energy Homes campaign. She is a rising senior at Lewis & Clark College studying Environmental Studies & Hispanic Studies.

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