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5 Quick, Cost-Effective Ways To Stay Cool & Efficient This Summer

Posted on Saturday, April 2 2016

As the weather begins to warm up, it’s not uncommon to wonder what can be done to keep both yourself and your home cool without breaking the bank. Summer temperatures rise into the 90s on most days in Florida and, though staying cool without spending a fortune might seem like an impossible feat, it is possible to keep cool on a budget! Here’s some tips to keeping your home cooler than a cucumber:

1. Install white mini-blinds.

Did you know: keeping your windows covered can reduce solar gain by up to 50 percent? In fact, windows account for half of a home’s temperature increase during the summer. Installing some inexpensive white mini-blinds will prevent your home from heating up while the sun hits the glass.

2. Avoid using your oven.

Your oven is an energy guzzler. Yes, the heat produced by an oven makes your air conditioning work harder to cool your home! Instead, use your microwave, toaster oven, and stove-top grill. Or, even better: spend those summer nights outside grilling! You’ll save on your electric bill by foregoing electricity all-together.

3. Use your bathroom exhaust fan.

Humidity makes both you and your home feel much warmer. Turning on the exhaust fan while you’re taking a hot shower will remove the majority of the humid air produced from the warm water.

4. Shade your A/C unit.

Keeping your outdoor air conditioning unit in the shade will help it run more efficiently. Make sure the unit has plenty of airflow while shading it with trees or bushes.

5. Use CFL or LED bulbs.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75 percent less energy and produce up to 75 percent less heat then incandescent light bulbs, which, in turn, eliminates unwanted heat in your home.

Questions? Feel free to ask.

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