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Heat Wave! Time to Lower Your Temperature & Your Utility Bills

 

GenY_HeatWaveBy Will from Holland

I've spent the summer in Holland visiting with friends and family; it's been a rainy and dreary season. Due to the weather I'm experiencing, the articles I've read in my Dutch newspaper concerning the American weather seem kind of distant and unreal...

 The Department of Agriculture has declared 26 states as "Disaster States", which means farmers will be able to get extra help fighting the draught and trying to save their crops. There have also been crazy wildfires all around the country!! The Weather Undergroung1 reports that "...temperatures in the contiguous U.S. were the warmest on record over the past twelve months and for the year-to-date period of January - June..."

Staying hydrated and drinking lots of fluids may not be enough to keep you cool. Cold showers may not be the answer either if you are in a drought region that has water usage restrictions... Even using fans can actually "make you hotter2."

So how do you stay cool & keep your utility bill down?

Using an air conditioner can keep you cool, but it can be very costly, especially if the weather stays warm for months on end or if your house is not properly insulated (think of student housing).

Here are some easy things you can do to improve your pad and keep your utility bills down. Why not ask your landlord if some of these improvements could be deducted from your rent if you do them yourself?

  1. Watch our video on how to throw money out the door, literally.
  2. Read our article on other ways to improve your home's energy efficiency and save money.

If you have a picky landlord, be sure to check with them before acting on some of these tips. Follow these tips and your pad will be cooler and your electric bill will drop, no matter how hot it gets out there.

Hope this helps!

Chees, Will.

                                                   

1 Source, Weather Underground:
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2149

2 Source, Consumer Reports:
http://news.consumerreports.org/appliances/2012/07/are-electric-fans-effective-ways-to-stay-cool-in-a-heatwave-maybe.html

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