Florida summers can bring sweltering heat, and your air conditioner is probably doing double-duty to fend off outdoor temperatures while combating heat generated indoors. To help save on energy costs consider these three ways to chill without running up your cooling bill.
Dry Your Dishes By Hand
Many dishwashers have a setting that performs a heated dry during which the unit may use steam to dry dishes. This process can put off additional heat and make your A/C work harder to keep your home cool—increasing your energy use and cooling expenses. Consider skipping the drying cycle and drying your dishes by hand. You might also consider delaying using the dishwasher until the evening when outdoor temps have cooled off some—and using the dishwasher only when it’s full. Washing your dishes by hand a couple of nights a week can also be a wise option.
Avoidance Can Be a Good Thing
If you can, avoid using your oven as much as possible during the summer months. When you cook, opt for using the stovetop, the barbecue, or the microwave, to cut down on indoor heat. The same with dryers—consider using a clothesline instead, whenever it’s possible. The heat generated by these appliances can make an already hot home even hotter. When you must use your oven or dryer—just like your dishwasher—consider using them in the evening when outdoor temps have cooled off.
Best Served Cold
You can make your own cold compress using rice. Simply fill a cotton sock with rice and tie-off the open end using twine. Toss the sock into the freezer and let it sit for two hours before you turn in for the night. Take your cold compress and place it beneath your pillow for cool