As the summer heat sets in, household debates often turn to how high or low to set the thermostat. In fact, television remote and cleaning the bathroom.“Witha recent survey by Direct Energy found that it was the third most common domestic disagreement, just after control of the energy prices on the rise you'll save the most money and avoid future arguments if you can come to an agreement on home temperature now,” says Dave Walton, the director of home ideas for Direct Energy. “You don't need to have your temperature turned down as low as you might think. In fact, setting it to 25 degrees Celsius cuts the humidity and will keep you comfortable for a lower cost.”
Here are a few additional ideas from Dave showing how Canadians can stay cool and save money this summer:
Install a programmable thermostat - Set the times and temperatures to match your schedule. Also, consider setting the thermostat to turn off your air conditioner at night.
Use ceiling fans to circulate cool air - Fan blades should operate in a counter-clockwise direction to move the air downwards and maximize air circulation so that your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard.
Replace furnace filters every three months - This will help your air conditioner run more efficiently. Clogged filters mean that furnace motors must work harder and use more energy.
Close the curtains and drapes - Before you leave the house, remember to close the curtains and drapes, especially on south and west facing windows. This will help block out the high summer sun and stop the home from getting too hot inside.
Fire up the barbecue - Cooking outdoors in the summer is much more efficient than using a conventional stove, which often warms the house. More energy saving tips are available at www.davescorner.ca.
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