Cool Off - Save Money - Add Comfort to Your Life

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Cool Off - Save Money - Add Comfort to Your Life
summertime heat

The City of Palo Alto Utilities shares some good tips to help you cool off and saving money at the same time:

  • Use fans to feel cooler indoors. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
  • Close drapes and shades during the day. This simple practice will keep out much unwanted heat.
  • Ventilate when it's cool outside. We're fortunate to live in an area which enjoys cool, dry nights. Open up the windows when it's cooler out than in; close them in the morning to keep the coolness inside.
  • Get rid of unnecessary refrigerators or freezers. Do you really need that fridge in the garage storing beverages? Often you can get a rebate if you have it recycled, plus reduce your electric bill and gain extra space.
  • Replace your old, inefficient central air conditioner. Not many of us have or need A/C. But if you do have an old one, replace it and get a rebate!
  • Install a whole house fan. Recycle indoor air with cool evening breezes.
  • Reduce indoor heat sources. Energy used indoors produces heat, so use less
  • Dry laundry on a clothesline. Save energy, reduce heat, and enjoy the fresh aroma.

In the Silicon Valley and Peninsula areas, our hottest months are often August, September and early October. This is an excellent time to incorporate changes - Save Money; Save Energy; Add comfort to your life!


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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Reall good ideas and they do help us to get to the best of being green.

Aug 10, 2012 02:35 AM #1
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

I'm a big proponent of saving energy during the summer months when it is so hot.  Not only is it expensive to cool a home, but we need to have enough to share with others to avoid power outages during sweltering days.

Aug 10, 2012 03:41 AM #2
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Lottie-These are wonderful tips. I had never heard of the whole house fan idea. Cool!

Aug 10, 2012 04:20 AM #3
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

I know the folks in warmer climates will appreciate these tips, Lottie, but I'm so grateful that we here in SF don't need an AC.... woohoo!

Aug 10, 2012 06:03 AM #4
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Lottie- Great tips and suggestions to stay cool and save some money this summer!

Aug 10, 2012 06:10 AM #5
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

In Corpus Christi Texas it is it is 102 degrees right now. It's starting to cool down where I am at it is only 93 degrees. In Texas you need your central air condition... and ceiling fans... and maybe window units to boot!

Aug 10, 2012 08:14 AM #6
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Tim, I'm glad you found value in these tips.

Sharon, whole house fans can really help in areas where it's hot in the day, cool in the evenings.

Jennifer, we're having our first heat wave here in the Bay Area; spare the air days have been called, and requests are going out to conserve our electrical useage.

Aug 10, 2012 08:28 AM #7
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Peggy, the weather in San Francisco is certainly to my liking! The Peninsula is hot today, and the inland areas even hotter. Yesterday we had a 38° temperature variance in the greater San Francsico Bay Area!

Laura - staying cool and saving money is a great plan, right?

Sussie, I feel for you! These tips work well on our Peninsula and the East Bay communities; I understand they wouldn't be practical in summer in your area. Maybe in spring and/or fall?

Aug 10, 2012 08:31 AM #8
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I know some people feel we don't need A/C here in Silicon Valley, but I sure need it today! Thanks anyway for the tips at Cool Off - Save Money - Add Comfort to Your Life.

Aug 10, 2012 02:22 PM #9
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