*EDIT I couldn’t figure out why no one had said a word about this post, until this morning when I realized I accidentally left it in draft mode. So, here’s Tightwad Tuesday, five days late.*
Every year I play a game, “How long can I put off turning on the AC?” This year we had an early heatwave that crushed my hopes of holding out until June 1. However a cool spell arrived during the night, the windows are once again wide open, and my utility bill is sighing with relief.
Here are a few tips to help postpone turning on the AC:
- Be vigilant and close blinds and curtains before bright sunbeams bring in heat.
- If you are lucky enough to have a screened in porch, experiment with using a crockpot, toaster oven, griddle, or roasting oven outside of the kitchen.
- Even though it is vented to the outside an electric dryer still creates heat, set up a clothesline, unless your HOA has regulations.
- Energy efficient celing fans can help a room feel almost five degrees cooler than the actual temperature.
- Ensure the heated dry cycle of the dishwasher is OFF.
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs do not create as much heat as incandescent. Replace your bulbs as they burn out.
- If you aren’t busy checking out Home-Ec101.com for helpful tips or telling your friends about us, turn off your computers. That fan you hear is running for a reason and your machine is adding to the heat.
Tell me, how do you keep things cool as the weather gets warm?