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Need Helping Staying Cool?


July 2, 2013 (2013-07)


Contacts:  Susan Ackerman, Chair, 503 378-6611, Stephen Bloom, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962 
Salem, OR. Here are some suggestions for staying cool when the weather heats up:
  • Take short, cool showers and avoid hot baths. You and your hot water will contribute less heat to your already warm home.
  • Use light-colored window coverings to help reflect heat away from your home.
  • To reduce the heat entering your home through window glass, consider adding a low-emission film to the panes.
  • Shield windows from the outside with blinds, awnings or shutters and plant trees or tall shrubs to filter sunlight before it enters your house.
  • Combine fans with air conditioning. If you use air conditioning, a fan can allow you to raise the thermostat setting and still stay comfortable. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent. Learn more about ENERGY STAR ceiling fans and room air conditioners.
  • Place electronics and lamps with conventional bulbs away from the thermostat. The heat they produce can cause the air conditioner to work harder than necessary.
  • When it's cool outside, use window fans to pull cool air in and draw warm air out. A box fan or window-mounted fan on the north side or shady side of your house can draw in cool air. A second fan on the opposite side of the house can blow hot air out.
  • If you're buying a ceiling fan, choose ENERGY STAR®. ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fan/light combination units are about 50 percent more energy efficient than conventional fan/light units.
  • Run cooktop and bathroom fans when you're cooking or bathing to vent heat and moisture.
  • To keep air flowing freely, vacuum registers regularly and avoid blocking them with furniture and other objects.
  • Make sure your attic is well ventilated. Adequate vents, positioned low and high, allow hot air to escape, which keeps your home cooler and reduces the need for air conditioning.
  • Keep soffit vents clear. Air flows in from soffit vents along the edge of the roof and travels up and out ridge vents and/or gable wall vents.
Download a handout with more tips to beat the heat (PDF).
Learn more about ENERGY STAR ceiling fans and room air conditioners.
*These tips came from the Oregon Energy Trust


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