One way to achieve green living is to reduce energy consumption. This may be easier said than done when the temperature and humidity make living conditions hot and uncomfortable. However, cranking the air conditioning shouldn’t be the only answer if you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint.
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy more than 8 percent of all electricity used in the U.S. is consumed by home air conditioning systems and up to 50 percent of electricity used during warm weather is used for air conditioning.
Using the following tips can reduce your reliance on air conditioning which will benefit the environment and save on energy bills:
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent or LEDs which will reduce the amount of heat added to your living area and provide increased energy efficiency.
- Rely on natural lighting and turn off lights as often as possible.
- Unplug electronic equipment when it is not being used.
- Keep blinds and shades closed during the day as sunlight entering your home will warm it up. Focus on closing blinds on the south or west facing windows.
- Cool yourself off with cold water on your hands, head and feet.
- Use moving air to cool down. A fan uses less energy than air conditioning and can be helpful especially in low-humidity. Although a fan will not actually reduce the air temperature it makes you feel cooler. Placing a fan in a window can help create a draft in the room especially if the outdoor air is cooler.
- Dress appropriately for the weather and remove blankets from the bed to keep cool.
- If it cools down at night open windows and then close them during the day when outside temperatures are higher than inside temperatures.
- Avoid running appliances that create heat such as a dishwasher, dryer or oven. Wait until evening time. Prepare meals that don’t require the oven like sandwiches and salads or consider grilling outside.
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