Right now, despite our thermostat being set to 74 degrees, our house is currently sitting at 72 degrees. The sun is shining. It’s 76 degrees outside and the middle of the afternoon. But our house has remained cool all day. Want to know our tricks?
We’re able to keep our house fairly cool and save energy day to day with some simple tricks.
How to Save Cooling & Heating Energy Day to Day
The biggest energy saving item in our house is our programmable thermostat. I’m sure you’ve heard about how awesome these things are… but that’s not just talk. Programmable thermostats allow you to set the air higher for when you’re gone.
We also set the thermostat to automatically circulate the air within the house to make sure the air is being distributed.
In our house, I set the house to 74 degrees during the day and we go down to 70 at night… otherwise, my boys wouldn’t sleep!
The second biggest difference in our energy usage is the attic insulation. When we moved in, the attic insulation hadn’t been redone since the house was built…. in 1954! My father and husband spent a few sweltering days laying down new insulation themselves. But I can’t tell you how much our electric and gas bills dipped afterward. It was quite astonishing.
Shade the House
Shade the house… but I mean this in multiple ways. First, we have trees out in our front yard, which help keep the sun from hitting our roof and heating up the house.
I also often keep the shades of the house down in the summer during the day, which keeps the sun from heating up the upstairs as well as the rest of the house.
Depending on the time of year, I open and close the registers. Because cool air falls, I close the vents on the 1st floor during the summer. I allow the second floor to cool down and let that cool air fall down to the first floor. Otherwise, the first floor can feel nice and cool while the upstairs feels too hot.
In the winter, I close the upstairs vents and open the first floor ones.
Close the Basement Door
Sounds strange, right? But because cool air falls, it will fill up your basement. Your basement is probably cooler naturally because of the ground surrounding it, so there’s no reason to send your cooling energy down there. Close any vents as well as the basement door. I always tell the kids — I’m not paying to refrigerate the basement.