Cool Off - Save Money - Add Comfort to Your Life

Cool Off - Save Money - Add Comfort to Your Life
summertime heat

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!

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547






Comment balloon 9 commentsLottie Kendall • August 10 2012 09:33AM


Reall good ideas and they do help us to get to the best of being green.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 8 years ago

I'm a big proponent of saving energy during the summer months when it is so hot.  Not only is it expensive to cool a home, but we need to have enough to share with others to avoid power outages during sweltering days.

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) over 8 years ago

Lottie-These are wonderful tips. I had never heard of the whole house fan idea. Cool!

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 8 years ago

I know the folks in warmer climates will appreciate these tips, Lottie, but I'm so grateful that we here in SF don't need an AC.... woohoo!

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) over 8 years ago

Lottie- Great tips and suggestions to stay cool and save some money this summer!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 8 years ago

In Corpus Christi Texas it is it is 102 degrees right now. It's starting to cool down where I am at it is only 93 degrees. In Texas you need your central air condition... and ceiling fans... and maybe window units to boot!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Tim, I'm glad you found value in these tips.

Sharon, whole house fans can really help in areas where it's hot in the day, cool in the evenings.

Jennifer, we're having our first heat wave here in the Bay Area; spare the air days have been called, and requests are going out to conserve our electrical useage.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago

Peggy, the weather in San Francisco is certainly to my liking! The Peninsula is hot today, and the inland areas even hotter. Yesterday we had a 38° temperature variance in the greater San Francsico Bay Area!

Laura - staying cool and saving money is a great plan, right?

Sussie, I feel for you! These tips work well on our Peninsula and the East Bay communities; I understand they wouldn't be practical in summer in your area. Maybe in spring and/or fall?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago

I know some people feel we don't need A/C here in Silicon Valley, but I sure need it today! Thanks anyway for the tips at Cool Off - Save Money - Add Comfort to Your Life.

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