5 Energy Efficient Ways To Stay Cool


Use your blinds strategically

Closing your blinds and drapes at strategic times of the day can make a big difference in keeping the hot air out during the warmer months. Use your window coverings to block the sun from south-facing rooms in the morning and west-facing rooms in the afternoon.


Open and close your windows at the right time

Air flow is everything when cooling a home. Close windows as soon as the air outside is warmer than it is inside your home, then open them when the air outside is cooler. In multi-level homes, a window cracked in the basement, or first level can work wonders when combined with a window opened on the upper level, creating a flow of air, and flushing out heat in the home.


Position your fans to cool your home

Fans are a great option to help you feel cooler. If the outside temperature is cooler than inside, position a fan to draw cool air in through one open window and another one at a different window to push the warm air out. Especially in the cool evening or morning hours, place a fan near in a window to draw the cooler air into your home.

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Grab an ENERGY STAR®-rated room air conditioner (and get $50 off)

For smaller spaces like apartments or condos, portable or window air conditioners are an effective way to cool your home. Opt for an ENERGY STAR®-rated model and make sure you select the right size and unit for your home and needs.


Check the Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio (CEER) – a higher CEER means a more efficient unit and a lower electricity bill. Now until July 28 you can save $50 on select portable and window room air conditioners. See the full list of eligible products at bchydro.com/deals.


Consider installing a heat pump

Consider what an air source heat pump can do for you. It’s the most efficient way to deliver year-round comfort, and while it’s called a “heat” pump, it’s a superstar when it comes to cooling your home. In the summer, it acts like an air conditioner by moving warm air from inside your home to outside, while circulating cool air inside.


Before you install a heat pump, it’s important to talk to a qualified Home Performance Network member contractor. They can help you understand the best options for your heat pump installation.


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