Summer guide to energy savings & comfort
Tips to minimize your energy costs and help you relax in comfort this summer.
Stay cool and save energy
It’s finally summer and many Vermonters are enjoying backyard BBQs, trips to their favorite swimming holes, and maple creemees. Now that temperatures are rising and the sun is shining you can still stay cool without spending more on your energy bills.
Four tips to stay cool using ventilation
Using an air-conditioner isn’t the only answer to beating the heat during Vermont summers.
No-cost ways to keep your home cool
- Delay heat-producing tasks like laundry or washing the dishes until cooler evening or early morning hours to reduce warm air from the dryer being drawn into your home
- Lower shades during the day to reduce solar heat gain and the need for cooling
- Clean air conditioner filters on a regular basis. Keep the front and back of units unobstructed
- Avoid using the oven. Instead, get the grill going and enjoy the taste of a grilled meal, instead of a hot kitchen
Low-cost ways to reduce summer energy use
- Use energy-efficient lighting: ENERGY STAR LEDs operate cooler and cost you less to use. See our guide for buying the right LED for your home
- Caulk around window and door frames; use weather stripping on exterior doors and windows. Watch a DIY video on how to air seal door and windows
- To block heat and sunlight, plant shade trees on the east and west sides of your home
- Improve window efficiency: Most windows can be repaired at a fraction of the cost. See our guide on repairing or replacing windows
- Fill gaps along the sides of room air conditioners to keep outside air from leaking in.
Energy savings while you're on vacation
Heading to the beach or maybe camping? The last thing you want to worry about while you are away is your energy bills. Take these steps reduce energy waste before you leave home.
- Turn your water heater down to the lowest temperature setting
- Turn off your air conditioner or raise the temperature- no need to keep it cool while you’re not home
- Turn off all unnecessary lights
- Switch off computers and power strips and unplug small appliances and electronics
- Close window shades and drapes to block out the heat from the sun