While the temperatures look to be dropping later in the week, this weekend's hot weather is a good reminder that the summer hot season is upon us. The City of Ashland Conservation Division has a few tips and info on how to stay cool and save energy this summer.
Open your windows at night so the cool night air can replace the warm air inside your home. Open windows on opposite sides of the house to encourage a cross-breeze.
Close your drapes and blinds during the day, and consider adding exterior window awnings to add more window shade.
Keep your lights off when you can, and replace old incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. LEDs not only use less energy, they produce far less heat!
Have a professional tune up your air conditioning equipment every year. Clean or replace filters monthly, and make sure your vents are open and unobstructed.
Weatherize! Weatherization isnít just for the colder months. Solid insulation, window caulking, and sealed ductwork will help keep cool air in and warm air out. Want to know what might make the most sense for your home? CLICK HERE to schedule a home performance audit from the City's residential energy expert.
For more energy saving tips and for information on City energy efficiency and water saving programs, go to www.ashland.or.us/conserve or call your local energy and water conservation experts at 541-488-5306.