8 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s an unfortunate but true fact: Floridians depend highly upon air-conditioning. But the significance of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) also shows up in our bill: on average, 60% or more of our electric costs go to HVAC. Residents here at Shell Point Retirement Community often ask what they can do to save on energy costs. Here are a few tips that can help you conserve resources and control costs.

  1. Open the refrigerator only when necessary and close the door as quickly as possible. Refrigerators are big energy users.
  2. Never open windows when the air conditioning is on, and turn blinds in such a direction that they keep out direct sunlight while lettings indirect light in.
  3. Use cold water when washing clothes, most detergents work as well in cold water as they do in hot water, and colors will fade less too.
  4. Turn your bathroom exhaust fan on when taking showers. The humidity generated by hot showers takes hours to dry up with an air conditioner.
  5. Use your kitchen exhaust fan when cooking, it helps remove humidity and keeps your home cooler.
  6. Wear comfortable natural-fiber clothing during the summer. Use ceiling fans when available. Evaporation is a cooling process and allows us to run air conditioners less.
  7. Most importantly, encourage others to conserve. If every 60 watt bulb in the US were replaced by a fluorescent bulb, we would have the same light but use almost 24% less electricity.