Stay cool in the heat with these no-cost tips for home


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Much of Oregon will see the hottest temperatures of the year today. Looking for some easy ways to stay cool at home? Here are some simple tips to help you stay comfortable and keep energy costs down today and all summer long.

Power down to cool off

Home appliances, electronics and incandescent lightbulbs create heat when they’re on. The less you use them on a hot day, the cooler you can be. In the kitchen, skip the oven and use the microwave, cook on the stovetop or grill outside.

Use windows strategically

Close windows, blinds, shades and curtains to keep heat outside. Light-colored window coverings also help reflect heat away.

When temperatures drop at night or early in the morning, open your windows and doors to draw in cooler air.

Shield windows from the sun during the day with blinds, awnings or shutters.

Join the fan club

A fan in the window can keep air moving and help you feel cooler by pulling cool air in and drawing warm air out. Try using a box or window-mounted fan on the shady side of your home to draw in cool air. A second fan on the opposite side of the room or house can blow hot air out.

If you use air conditioning, a fan can allow you to raise the thermostat setting and still stay comfortable.

Make the most of air conditioning

When no one is home, set the air conditioner or heat pump thermostat a few degrees higher than normal. When you are home, set the thermostat to 72-75 degrees to help you feel cooler without using too much energy.

Make sure to check the system air filter regularly and change it.

Keep hot air out and cool air in

Sealing air leaks and insulating your home can reduce cooling and heating costs while making your home more comfortable all year long.