Keep Eco-Cool this Summer (Guest Post)

Thanks so much to Melanie, author of Going Green With Noah, for this wonderful guest post!
It is HOT outside, especially here in Dallas! Reaching temperatures upwards of 103 degrees, it is miserable outside. This has actually been a great time to be on bedrest!

Unfortunately, though, the heat comes with a price tag! The average U.S. household spends about $1,900 a year on energy costs!! Here are some tips on ways to stay cool while being eco-efficient and saving some green as well!


Your A/C is a huge guzzler of electricity and therefore of your pocket book. I am not suggesting that you turn your A/C off, but simply raising the thermostat. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away. Then, run ceiling and portable fans. Not only does this save money, but helps circulate the cool air that your A/C is pumping out. (Save: 1 – 3 percent per degree, for each degree the thermostat is set above 72 degrees) (CEC)


It’s summer! It is bright outside – so turn off your lights and crack your blinds. Not only does this reduce your energy footprint, but you are bringing natural light into the home and eliminating the heat radiating off the lights in your home. Now – Don’t open them all the way, because then you have the outdoor heat penetrating your windows! Ouch!


By changing your air filter, you increase the efficiency of your A/C unit, thus cooling your home faster and reducing your energy bill.


Eat cold foods – salads, etc. The heat of an oven can increase the temperature of your house and burn more energy. On that note, did you know that using your microwave uses two-thrids the amount of energy as your stove? (CEC)


Using yummy and healthy organic fruit, make frozen fruit pops. You will feel good feeding your kids a healthy treat while cooling them down!

Stay Cool this summer!!!

Melanie operates the blog Going Green with Noah. She is a stay at home mom with a 19-month-old son and expecting a baby girl in August. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter!


Unknown said...

Thanks for dropping by. I love your ideas! I am following you now and Welacome to the ARMY. Real Army of Moms.

Hug a tree with me said...

Great post. Thanks for the follow, following bk

Unknown said...

Following back from the Alexa hop!

I have an AC, but it's been on the fritz. Some days it works, and others it doesn't! It's very frustrating, and very hot, when it isn't working!

Misfit Momma