It’s not too late to prep for a summer of low energy use. Our energy costs often increase over the summer due to lifestyle changes and hot temperatures, but there are proven ways to enjoy the next few months without wasting money on energy.
If you don’t have window coverings, now is a great time to put up some curtains. On summer days, closing your blinds on sun-facing windows can help turn away some of the heat. This will help you save energy and money, and will come in handy when you want to use them for keeping the warmth in during winter!
When the air feels dry as it moves across your body, it feels cooler than when there is increased humidity. Controlling humidity will allow you to lower the temperature on your thermostat while maintaining your ideal comfort level. You can get a $30 rebate through the Mass Save® program to help cover the cost.
Summer is perfect for grilling, which is also great for energy use! Ovens can heat up the room which makes your AC work harder. If you do use it, don’t peek! Every time the oven door is opened to check on dinner, the temp drops by as much as 25 degrees, making your oven use more energy to return to its original temp!
But only when you’re in the room! Fans cool you down by moving the air around but they don’t actually affect the temperature in the room. You can raise the thermostat setting by 4 degrees without reducing your comfort level with a fan, but just make sure to turn it off when you leave the room!
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