Environmental & Green Living: Saving Energy at Home in the Summer

A couple of weeks ago, we published a blog about a great environmentally friendly way of getting to work - biking. You can continue your green living efforts at home too with a few simple yet impactful actions.

I live in Redlands, CA and have signed up for the ‘Rush Hour Rewards’ program. On days when the electricity service provider experiences high demand for energy (mostly through air conditioning on high temperature summer days), the service provider needs to regulate the total energy consumption and offer the ‘Rush Hour Rewards’ program. On such days, the temperature is regulated by the service provider between 2 to 6 pm and in return one gets credit on their electricity bill! Most cities have similar programs that you can sign up for, especially if you have are away from home for work most days of the week!

For those of you stay-at-home moms/dads or if you’re working from home, there are ways to beat the heat and still save energy with few simple tips that I came across on Tucson Electric Power’s website here:

·         Use a small portable floor or table fan to regulate air flow in the house. Moving air can help you feel cooler without increasing air conditioning use.

·         Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature to minimize your cooling costs. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends a setting of 78 degrees in the summer.

·         Close curtains and blinds in the afternoon to block out sunlight that could make cooling more energy-consuming.

·         Indoor gardening is a great way to naturally cool your home!

Most importantly, you can feel cooler from within by consuming cool foods and keeping yourself well-hydrated throughout the day (I learnt this from my grandparents that live in a desert-state called Rajasthan in India. They did not have electricity in their house until the late 1970s!)