Green Living in the Heat of the Summer

As temperatures rise, energy bills often follow. Here is a list of ecoProach’s favorite tips on how to live a cooler and greener summer this year!

Tips to keep you cool and healthy:

·      Heat often means dehydration, drink a lot of water and it can keep you healthy and cool!

·      Eat cooler foods, don’t spend hours cooking with the oven or stove as these can heat up your home, eating food like sandwiches and salads can keep you and your home cooler and can keep you healthier this summer.

·      Wear light fabrics and colors. Don’t bog yourself down with jeans and thick, synthetic fabrics as these will hold in the heat, darker colors also absorb heat.

·      Don’t forget the sunscreen, not only will it reflect the sun and help you stay cool but it will also protect you from the harmful effects of the suns rays.

Tips to keep your home cool and healthy, and save you money on those energy bills:

·      Avoid over using your air conditioner, a home doesn’t need to be 50˚ to be cool. Keep your home at a temperature that is cooler than the outside temperature but not so cool that the air conditioner is running 24/7. Many people find 70˚ to be a comfortable temperature and some even keep it around 75-78˚.

·      Keep your windows covered to prevent the heat from coming inside your home. Window coverings will help insulate your home and keep the heat outside.

·      Using appliances like the washer and dryer, irons, and others that emit heat during the early morning and night hours will help you keep your home cool. These appliances can heat up the home, so using them during high temperature hours will force you to cool the home more. 

·      Reconsider your dryer, using a clothesline outside can save you energy and keep from adding extra heat in your home. It’s a greener way to dry your clothes and won’t ruin them like the dryer can. Clotheslines are easy to install and can be very cost effective.

·      During peak hours, leave the house. Go to a well conditioned community attraction; the mall, the movies, maybe even your public library. This will save you from always having to keep your home cool.

·      Go outside, take a dip in a pool, visit the lake, take your children to the park. The more time spent outside the home means the less money you have to spend cooling it for your family.

·      Walk don’t drive! If you destination is within two miles, why not take a nice walk? It will save you money on gas and wear and tear on your vehicle. Gas prices often rise during the summer due to the frequency of summer travelers, so save money and opt out of the short drive down the street.

Do you have tips you want to share with us? Let us know in the comments!


-Shelby Whitzel

ecoProach Marketing Manager


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