The City of Palo Alto Utilities shares some good tips to help you cool off and saving money at the same time:
- Use fans to feel cooler indoors. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
- Close drapes and shades during the day. This simple practice will keep out much unwanted heat.
- Ventilate when it's cool outside. We're fortunate to live in an area which enjoys cool, dry nights. Open up the windows when it's cooler out than in; close them in the morning to keep the coolness inside.
- Get rid of unnecessary refrigerators or freezers. Do you really need that fridge in the garage storing beverages? Often you can get a rebate if you have it recycled, plus reduce your electric bill and gain extra space.
- Replace your old, inefficient central air conditioner. Not many of us have or need A/C. But if you do have an old one, replace it and get a rebate!
- Install a whole house fan. Recycle indoor air with cool evening breezes.
- Reduce indoor heat sources. Energy used indoors produces heat, so use less
- Dry laundry on a clothesline. Save energy, reduce heat, and enjoy the fresh aroma.
In the Silicon Valley and Peninsula areas, our hottest months are often August, September and early October. This is an excellent time to incorporate changes - Save Money; Save Energy; Add comfort to your life!