When in Florida, this might help you stay cool

Sadly - I think we're getting a little bit used to the heat.

That's not to say that we like it. It just seems our bodies are growing accustomed to the sickeningly oppressive nastiness of it all. I still sweat when I ride my bike. But it doesn't always feel super hot when we walk outside. Last year, it just FELT hot every time we cracked open the door.



I read this article the other day. It had some decent ideas for beating the heat. I thought you might enjoy it.

Here was the best part. This comes from the little comment bar from the side of the article:

The Internet offers dozens of tips for surviving the summer without air conditioning. Among them: Sleep in wet socks. Position a fan to blow at you across a pan of ice. Suck on a mint. Eat spicy foods. Try yoga.
Energy efficiency experts, however, say your best bet is to weather-proof your home. Here's how:
• Install ceiling fans. They can cool a room by several degrees, for just pennies a day. Box fans work well, too.
• Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature to match your daily routine. Letting the A/C rest while you're out at work can shave as much as 12% from your bill.
• Maintain your air conditioner at peak performance by changing the filters and dusting the coils regularly
• Shade the air conditioner's outside condenser. This will improve its efficiency.
• Caulk around windows and weather-strip doors to prevent cool air from leaking out. A $3 tube of caulk can make a big difference.
• Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use less energy and give off less heat. Over the life of one bulb, you'll save about $25.
• Use window curtains or shades to keep out the sun during the heat of the day
• Insulate your attic. Otherwise, the sun's heat beating down on your roof will penetrate the house.
• Cook on an outdoor grill or in an electric crock pot to avoid using the oven.
Sources: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy; Lowe's Home Improvement Stores; Xcel Energy.


1 comment:

Jason V said...

I've noticed a bit difference from CFL lights.
When we have all 5 "60 Watt" halogens going in the kitchen, that's like running a 300W heater! CFL's drop down to ~17Watts, so that's producing 200W less heat. So, we pay for the lights, then pay for the A/C bill to remove the excess heat. :(