How Are You Staying Cool This Summer?

| 6/8/2010 11:54:57 AM


As temperatures and humidity begin to rise during this time of year, something must be done to keep your home cool and comfortable. There are several ways to keep your home cool all while saving a substantial amount on money and energy. Simple Ways to Cool Your Home and Save Big suggests different energy-efficient alternatives to air conditioning including using attic fans, ceiling fans or whole-house fans. If you are in an area with a hotter climate and have no choice but to turn on your air conditioner, Fan Your Way to Lower Energy Bills is another article that has great information about how to reduce your energy bills just by turning on your ceiling fan.

Are you planning on using your air conditioning this summer or turning to an alternative cooling method? Let us know in the comments section below!


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6/16/2010 9:18:34 AM

Our house is nearly 200 years old with original leaded glass windows, therefore it's poorly insulated. Hubby owns a heating and air conditioning company so we do have central air but only on the second floor where the bedrooms are located. We get the most amazing breezes so most nights we do just fine with window and ceiling fans. On the nights that it's really humid we will turn the A/C on about one hour before bed and it gets turned off first thing in the morning. I think last summer we may have used the A/C a total of 7-8 nights.

6/14/2010 10:28:50 AM

We live in Tucson, Arizona. A little over a month ago we had a 2 by 4 foot operable skylight installed, which replaced one that did not open. It cost between $850. to $900. We had to find some way to allow hot air from our 4 water distillers to escape. While the temperature was still in the low to mid 60's overnight, we opened the skylight when outside air was cooler and two small additional windows -- kitchen and back door (depending on temperature just one.) This allowed the cool air in and the hot air out. In the mornings the temp. was typically about 78 (we keep the thermostat at 83 but turned it off at night.) Sometimes, the temp. didn't reach 83 'till 11:30 a.m. We saved about $29. the first month. We also adjust temp. by adjusting the blinds on the east and west sides of the house accordingly; and installed film on the windows. During the winter, we heat the bedroom with an oil radiator-type heater and our offices with radiant heaters -- they work great! Got some good ideas from other comments -- thanks to all!

6/14/2010 12:05:58 AM

We have been working on building a wind generator to help with our electric. We are buying an electric car. Also, we have a solar panel to help heat in the winter. It has always been our intention to try to aleviate our dependence on oil and gas. However, we do not believe that the technology is "ready" to replace fossil fuel, as yet. If regulations and mandates are prematurely passed onto the public too soon we are afraid that it will destroy the economy. There has to be an efficient and affordable alternative that is comparable and dependable to secure our "green" future. Technology is progressing and that is something that gives us optimism.

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