Hello everyone! As the summer approaches, it's important to think about how the weather affects our energy and resource usage. Your first instinct may be to throw open the windows, crank up the air conditioning, and turn on the sprinklers. While this is tempting, here's our list of what you should and shouldn't do when things heat up:
DO hang dry your clothing - it uses less energy than an electric dryer and your clothes will smell fresher than ever
DO keep your windows covered in order to reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your home- excess sunlight can warm your house, requiring more air conditioning
DO keep your windows and doors closed-
DON'T set your thermostat below the programmed summer temperature, which is usually 76 degrees Fahrenheit to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
DON'T use more water than necessary. If you're watering plants, use a watering can instead of a running hose. If you're filling up a kiddie pool, monitor the water level as it fills and don't let it overflow. If you're in the bathroom, take shorter showers and don't leave the water running at the sink.
DON'T forget to turn off the lights when you leave a room! Even the Energy Management Interns are guilty of this one sometimes...
Enjoy your summer, and don't forget to think about how you can use resources efficiently!