With summer heat blazing through Central Florida, costs are high to keep you and your family cool at home. As a part of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Orlando initiative, Orlando is on a mission to become one of the most environmentally-friendly, economically and socially vibrant communities in the nation.
Contribute to the effort by getting involved while saving energy (and money). Here are some tips from the Green Works Orlando staff on how to keep cool during the summer:
- Reverse Your Fan
During the summer, have your fan spin counter-clockwise. During the winter, run your fan clockwise at a low speed.
- Create Air Flow
Keep bedroom doors open to allow continuous air circulation. This keeps the air flowing to keep the house cooler.
- Check and Repair Leaks
Ninety percent of Florida duct systems leak air into the attic. Don’t waste air that could be used to cool your home.
- Raise the Temperature
Keep the thermostat between 78-80 degrees during the day to save on cooling costs.
- Turn Up Fans, Not Air Conditioning
Ceiling fans use the same amount of electricity of a standard light bulb. Turn on the fan when feeling warm in a room, but be sure to turn it back off when you leave.