With temperatures in the 90s, it might be hard to imagine turning off your air conditioner, but there are some ways you can cut back on your energy usage without sacrificing comfort. First and foremost, even an inexpensive fan can make a huge difference. If you can, place one fan by a window where air comes in and place one at an opposite window facing outside to blow warm air out. This creates a nice “breeze” and pulls air through the house. You can also strategically place potted plants near windows in your home that receive a lot of sunlight. They will absorb some of the sun’s energy!
Another way to avoid overworking your AC is to try to use a microwave when cooking, or use a grill outdoors. In most homes, the use of a stove or oven can generate a lot of heat in the kitchen, but if you prefer to use the stove, be sure to turn on the fan or vent, if you have one, and circulate the air. Also, a lot of electronics generate heat, so turn off the TV or computer when not in use.
Lastly, pay attention to the lighting around your home. Compact florescent bulbs not only save energy but they burn cooler than standard incandescent bulbs. You can also keep the temperature down by simply closing your blinds.