Although most of the ATLA team is currently in NYC, we know the weather back home has been, uh... HOT!? If you are fortunate to have an air conditioner at home, it can be a godsend. Unfortunately, you also have to deal with the sudden rise of your energy bill. The Southern California Edison reminds us to set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, and use it in conjunction with fans to make the air feel cooler. You'll save energy (and $money$) and still feel comfortable on these hot days. This weekend's OC Register had a list of other ways to keep the house cool...
Some of their tips include:
Keep the heat OUT. 40 percent of the heat that gets in your house radiates in from window glass. If you have drapes, vertical blinds, shutters or any type of window covering keep them closed during the day to prevent heat from radiating through the windows. Especially cover windows where the sun shines directly on them.
Keep windows closed. Letting the breeze blow only heats up your house. Close your windows before it gets hot and keep them closed during the hottest part of the day.
Position fans to blow the hot air out not pull hot air in. At night, reverse the process to pull cool air inside.
Check out the other tips the OC Register listed here.
What did you guys do to keep cool? If anyone else has any other house "cool down" tips, please share!
( Re-edited from an original post from 06-26-2006)