Warmer weather…energy efficiency brainstorm

This weekend it is supposed to get warm, they’re saying high 80s! How exciting is that? Especially since this Sunday is the MS Walk at the University of Delaware. Very excited to be participating in that this year.

So we have found in our lovely, yet old, home that our air conditioner does not like hot weather. Seems like an oxymoron doesn’t it? But the truth is when we want our a/c to keep our home cooler it freaks out, freezes up and pees all over the basement floor.

And so this means we need to think about replacing the system. If we decide that is the best route to take, then I’d like to make sure we get a more energy efficient system, which really anything is more efficient than the 17 year old system we currently have in our home.

Around the world, Home Energy, is a hot topic…or a cold topic as the case may be. Trying to find the best was to have clean, affordable energy in your home is tricky.

Check to see if your company works directly with he “Pledge Today, Save Tomorrow” program. It is just fantastic and has such great tips on saving energy. Like, in the winter, putting silver foil behind radiators fixed to external walls will reflect the heat back into the room and could save you around £19.00 a year. And in the summer time, make sure your ceiling fan is turned for summer — you should feel the air blown downward. If you live in a relatively dry climate, a bowl or tray of ice in front of a box fan can cool you as it evaporates.

Another helpful tip: Install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. Close curtains on south- and west-facing windows during the day.

Do you have energy saving tips? Please share them for me and the other readers!


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2 Responses

  1. Adrian Morgan says:

    I always like Sunny weather and disliked gloomy rainy weather.`-`

  1. April 30, 2010

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