Many people may not be aware of these facts and trivia, but Rhode Island was one of the original thirteen colonies formed in America and the Providence Journal (nicknamed ProJo) is the oldest, continuously-published newspaper in the entire United States. But they’ve continued to evoleve, change and stay current with the times. In a recent article, they have teamed up with relative newcomer, HomeSelfe, makers of a free energy saving app, to offer advice about keeping cool this summer..
Low Tech Advice
Along with installing a programmable thermostat that can greatly reduce cooling costs for homeowners, ProJo and HomeSelfe also recommend some low-tech ways to keep your home’s air conditioner at bay. Thick curtains can squelch the summer sun and keep the interior of your house much cooler. Even tightly closed blinds can reduce the glare and heat from the scorching summer sun by 45% in most cases.
Nothing heats up a kitchen and spreads unwanted warmth to the surrounding household faster than a hot oven. While cooking over a hot stove, the chef is more likely to reach for the thermostat controls in order to lower the temperature, which in turn raises utility rates. Instead, try researching recipes that don’t require using these heating devices. You and your home will be much cooler according to HomeSelfe.
“Many popular recipes require the use of an oven or stove; however, these appliances can seriously heat up your home and cause you to crank down the thermostat to cool off,” shared Ameeta Jain, the co-founder of HomeSelfe. “Think of meals you can make without these hot appliances, such as salads, sandwiches or even recipes in a slow cooker, since these appliances don’t emit as much heat.”
To read the article in its entirety, please visit the Providence Journal’s website here. Learn some other important tips and tricks for beating the heat this summer.