Ah, summer. The season of popsicles and patios, sunscreen and sno-cones. And for many Canadians, forget the Beach Boys – the soundtrack of summer sounds a little like this:
That’s the sound of an air conditioner, running around the clock.
If you’re like me, summer in Ontario can often be about trying to stay comfortable and keeping your energy use in check. After all, the less energy used, the less we pay, so it’s important to be aware of the many things we can do to form good usage habits.
Of course, the most obvious way is to set our thermostats a few degrees warmer, which will instantly reduce stress on our air conditioners (and energy bills!). However, there’s much more you can do, and it’s actually easier than you think! I watched an interesting animation on the new Save on Energy website about a family who was finding it hard to keep their home cool during these hot summer months. Since our current heat wave looks like it’s here to stay – for at least a little longer – I wanted share some tips for keeping your house cool:
– Open your windows and enjoy the fresh summer air while you cool off without air conditioning. This is particularly effective early morning and late night when summer breezes can really help reduce the home’s temperature. …