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And just like that…it is summer-like weather in PA again and I love it! I find it much easier to cool off in the summer than warm up in winter, you just have to know how to do it the right way so you can be energy efficient and not end up paying a fortune in electric bills.
I know I have mentioned this before but I live in an older house that does not have air conditioning, in fact many of my windows on my first floor don’t even open so we are always looking for ways to cool down the house.
When the weather is summer like one of the things I do is stop using my stove for cooking–and yes, we do still eat! I just start using my grill or I cook early in the day when it is cooler. I will often cook food in batches and then put them in my fridge or freezer to pull out later that day or even later that week. We also have simple suppers, like my daughter’s favorite Italian Pasta Salad.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for the Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
Top 10 Ways to beat the heat this summer:
1. Clean or change AC filters once a month: This tip will keep your air conditioner functioning at its best. The better it can breathe, the more efficiently it can keep your home cool. If you use a room air conditioner, avoid placing any appliance nearby that would generate heat, such as lamps, a computer ora television. The extra heat may interfere with the air conditioner’s thermostat.
2. Switch out your light bulbs – Install LED lights because they produce light without generating extra heat, unlike more traditional incandescent bulbs. They also use less electricity and can last for more than 20 years. Did you know that you will use up to 90% less energy and save over $80 over the bulbs lifetime? And the more bulbs you switch the more you save!
3. Use the wind-chill factor – Try using a portable fan to blow cooler air toward your face or feet. Also, don’t forget to turn your ceiling fan off when you leave the room. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms.
4. Save it for later – Feel like procrastinating on some of those household tasks? Now you have good reason to. Wait to do heat- producing tasks like baking, using the dishwasher and doing the laundry until cooler hours like late afternoons and evenings.
5. Use windows and blinds to your advantage – Open your windows to let in the cooler air at night. Close your blinds or curtains during the day to keep sunlight from heating up the air inside your house. Have you tried insulated or blackout curtains? They do a terrific job keeping the sun at bay.
6. Get low – When it’s really hot out, try hanging out in the basement or lowest floor in your home. You’ll stay cool as your home’s cold air naturally sinks to your level.
7. Program your thermostat – When no one is home, why waste energy cooling your home? Program your thermostat to a higher temperature when the house is empty. You can save about 1-3 percent per degree, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
8. Keep air vents clear – Chances are, somewhere in your house a vent is being partially blocked by furniture or drapery. Take a few minutes to rearrange your furniture so that all vents are exposed for maximum efficiency, or install vent deflectors. They’re inexpensive and will redirect the air flow around obstructions.
9. Switch up how you cook – Avoid using the oven because it can turn your house into an oven. Instead, step outside and use your grill. Or, use the microwave or a slow cooker. Better yet, try meals and snacks that don’t require cooking, like a refreshing salad or a Pop Couture Pop.
10. Seal it up — Make sure cracks and gaps around doors and windows are sealed. Just as you don’t want to let cold air into your home in winter, you also don’t want to let warm air in during the summer.
I hope this helps you understand that by making a few easy changes you can save money all summer long!
For additional information about Project Envolve or to see how the other Project Envolve bloggers are staying cool please visit the Project Envolve website here and check out the PPL Electric Utilities Pinterest board here.
- 1 box spiral noodles
- ½ bottle Italian dressing
- 4 oz hard cheese
- ½ stick hard pepperoni
- Salt and pepper
- Cook noodles according to directions and drain well. Place in large bowl. Cut cheese and pepperoni into cubes and add to pasta dish. Add salad dressing and mix well.
- Note: If you are making the Italian Pasta Salad ahead of time you will need to add some additional dressing prior to serving as the noodles will absorb the dressing.
- Serve warm or cold