Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Monday, May 11, 2009

Saving Money in the Den

Today in our saving money room by room we are focusing on the den/family room. We still are not running the A/C. Although the daytime temps outside are into the high 70s and 80s already, the temperature in the house is sticking around 74 in the hottest part of the day. Our family room in on the south side of the house, making it pretty hot. So here are a few things to save money in that room. 1. Have a ceiling fan and open the windows. Install solar screens to shield the suns rays. 2. Lower the blinds once the sun moves across to be hitting directly on that room. 3. Turn off the television and the power strip for all those gadgets that go along with the television. 4. Keep the lights turned off during the day and move to a cooler side of the house to take advantage of natural light. 5. At night put a box fan in the window to bring cooler air into the house which will keep it cooler longer. 6. Wear cool, comfortable dresses during the day (yes dresses are much cooler than pants which trap body heat). That is about it for that room, for us anyway. So stay cool and enjoy those energy savings!


The Prudent Homemaker said...

Also remember to keep the ceiling fans off when you're not in the room!

It got up to 87 in our house today before we turned on the a/c. We usually don't let it go that long but we were doing okay today. I wear linen skirts and cotton blouses most of the year here--it does make a difference! It won't be long before it's 105 at midnight here, and then I won't be able to cool off the house by opening the windows in the early morning hours. We're enjoying being able to do that while it lasts.

Kat said...

I wear cotton and linen skirts and blouses also, especially during the summer. I sure am glad our temps aren't like yours. I would not survive without the A/C. We turn most of our ceiling fans off at night, but they all run all day. Moving air through the house is what keeps it cooler. If the air stagnates, it can't be cooled down again. So they stay on all day. I think it is a fair trade for not having the air condition on yet. Our windows stay open 24 hours a day. I keep two fans on at night to pull in the cooler night air. As long as the house is cooled sufficiently through the night then it retains the cool air longer during the day. Thanks for the info from your neck of the woods. God bless.