Stay Cool and Save

Conventional air conditioning uses a lot of energy, producing greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Here are some alternative ways to beat the heat, help the environment and save money.

Start by limiting the amount of direct sun coming through windows, especially on the east and west sides of your home. To create shade, try planting trees or use a “solar screen” designed to fit each window.

Curtains and drapes can help on the inside, but it's best to limit direct sunlight before it reaches the glass.

In the mornings and evenings when the temperature outside is cooler, use a "box fan" in the window to help bring in the cooler outside air. Opening windows will also allow for cross ventilation by creating a comfortable air flow.

Fans use 90% less electricity than AC. So rather than cooling the whole house, use portable fans in areas where you spend the most time. Look for EnergyStar-rated ceiling fan/light combo units. They save $15-$20 on your utility bill per year and make rooms feel seven to ten degrees cooler.


WILX.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

See full commenting rules...
powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 27352209 - wilx.com/a?a=27352209