There’s no joking when it comes to San Antonio heat. Summer is almost here and already Mother Nature is cranking up the heat. While many of us dread the summer time sweats, it’s also the time that many of you see your highest air conditioning bills. Energy use overall will increase, all for the sake of comfort. Because let’s be real, who wants to sweat when you’re supposed to be relaxed? Certainly not us.
So, before you decide to just give in and pay more than you need to for air conditioning, here are some tips that we want to share with our residents to keep cool this summer without breaking the bank.
1. Keep your blinds closed
Love that view? Is it worth letting all that light and heat in? Keep your blinds closed and if you can, add some well-made curtains as a secondary layer to keep out the heat. In doing so, you keep your space darker, cooler, and will require less energy to cool it. Then when the sun sets and the city lights come on, open it up and enjoy the view.
2. Keep Those Ceiling Fans Spinning
Trust us when we say ceiling fans are cheaper than you think. The energy it takes to keep a fan going is less than the power it takes to keep the AC going. Additionally, ceiling fans can cool off a single room quicker than your AC. One thing to keep in mind, make sure it’s spinning counter-clockwise, and make sure your fan blades are clean.
3. Cool Cooking
If you’re in the kitchen making a meal for that special someone, do yourself a favor and turn on the exhaust hood. It sucks up the heat from your stovetop before it ever has a chance to move throughout your apartment.
4. Pick the right fabrics
Who needs a corduroy couch? Or thermal sheets? C’mon, think about fabrics that keep you cool, both on your body and on your furniture. Everything from the pajamas, shirts, and pants/shorts, you wear in your apartment to the material of your couch, chairs, and even linens on your bed. All of them make a difference, so pick come cool ones.
5. Close the door
Were you born in a barn? But seriously, keep an area you don’t want to be cooled closed off. Close your closet doors, pantry doors, hallway doors, guest bedroom doors (unless you have guests, then keep the door open), and let the A/C only cool off the main areas you need. It’s a huge money saver.
These are just five easy tips that can be overlooked. Try them out and see how much it makes an impact on your energy bill. Because let’s face it, when you come home after a long day, the last thing you want to do is sweat in your home.