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Keeping Cool In the Summer

Keeping Cool In the Summer

Keep Cool with less electricity this summer!  In Palo Alto’s moderate climate, cooling our homes during the summer months doesn’t have to be expensive! You can keep your home cool and comfortable at a lower cost if you:

• Use fans to feel cooler indoors. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.

• Keep your furniture next to indoor walls and not windows. You will be more comfortable in that recliner if it is away from an outside wall or window.

• Close your drapes or shades during the day. Windows let a lot of heat into your house. Creating exterior shading is ideal, but keeping your interior drapes and shades closed during the day still keeps much unwanted heat out of your home.

• Ventilate when it’s cool outside. Take advantage of our cool, dry nights and cut your cooling costs by opening windows whenever it’s cooler outside than inside. Or use a whole house fan to recycle the indoor air. In the morning, close up the windows to keep the coolness inside.

• Nix that unnecessary refrigerator. Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don’t truly need it—this seemingly convenient way to keep extra drinks cold adds 10 to 25% to your electric bill.

• Reduce your indoor heat sources and save both energy and money. Any energy you use indoors produces heat, so the less you use, the less your house heats up, and the less energy you’ll need to cool it. For example, turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, and bake or cook at night when it’s cooler (or use the microwave!).

Dry your laundry on a clothesline, if you can. It will dry faster in the sunshine, while you save on your electric bill and help keep your house cool by avoiding the added heat from your dryer.  

For more information on other ways to save or to apply online for a rebate when upgrading appliances and fixtures, look at www.cityofpaloalto.org/SmartEnergy or call (650) 329-2241.

Last Updated: April 25, 2013