Be Green While Staying Cool

1191581_48395476Its mid July and the temperature is heating up, making it a bit uncomfortable.  Here are some very green and practical ways to stay cool with or without your air conditioner.

Skip the drying cycle on the dishwasher – It gives off heat that can make your kitchen warmer.

Think cold when cooking – Using the stove or oven when cooking will also make your kitchen warmer.

Switch on the ceiling fan – When you just can’t avoid using the air conditioner, turning on a fan helps distribute cool air more evenly and quickly, so you can set the temperature on the AC a little higher.

Swap out your traditional air-conditioning – Instead, try an evaporate cooler, which uses a small fan to blow air through water-saturated pads and into your home. This type of machine costs half as much as a central-air system and uses only a quarter of the energy.

Plant trees near windows with air conditioners – A unit in the shade uses up to 10 percent less energy than one in the sun.

Keep the windows closed – While running your air conditioner try to keep the heat outdoors.

Thermostat setting – In summer, the thermostat should not be set any lower than 25 degrees Celsius or 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stay cool naturally – Drinking plenty of cool water will help keep you hydrated and give your body what it needs to cool itself. Wear loose, breathable clothing. Cotton is usually a good fabric for helping to keep your body cool.

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  1. Did you know the earth can heat and cool your home while saving on energy costs over the long term?

    Just below the earth’s surface, the temperature remains relatively constant throughout the year by absorbing half the sun’s energy. Geothermal heat pumps tap into this natural ground source of energy reducing heating costs up to 60%, and cooling costs by 25% in summer months. GHP’s have three components: a ground heat pump, a closed pipe system, and the air delivery system. Buried in the ground is the closed loop, which is a continuous loop of polyethylene pipe. It’s filled with water or an anti-freeze solution and connected to an indoor heat pump, forming an underground loop. The system circulates water through underground pipes that ultimately carry water through the home’s air transfer unit. In the heating mode, the liquid in the pipes is cooler than the ground. In the cooling mode, the soil is cooler than the liquid.

    Geothermal technology has been around for a while, but is gradually becoming more popular. A geothermal system costs about twice as much as a conventional heating and cooling system; however, the energy savings combined with the new tax credit on these systems, most people make their investment back in three to five years. In Florida, that could mean a savings of up to $40 a month on air conditioning bills.

    These systems are extremely durable, and when properly installed, this tubing will last fifty years or longer.

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