7 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Happy First Day of Summer! We are big fans of this season here at Creative Conservation and The Home Energy Store. Of course, along with fireworks, beach trips, and cookouts come the hot Summer days and humid nights. As the heat settles in for the long haul, keep your home cool with these seven tips:

  1. Keep your blinds closed. Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, and utilizing shades, curtains and the like can save you up to 7 percent on your bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
  2. Regulate your own body temperature. Keep your body cool from the inside out – examples are drinking iced drinks (water, lemonade, tea, etc.) and using a cool rag on your head and wrists.
  3. Use your fans. Turning on your bathroom and kitchen fans will pull out the hot air that comes from showering, the oven, etc.
  4. Grill out. As previously mentioned, Summer is the perfect time of year to have an outdoor BBQ. Using your oven increases the temperature in your home – so cooking outside will minimize the amount of heat in the home.
  5. Invest in long-term energy solutions, such as spray foam insulation. Spray foam keeps the cool air in and the hot air out – and vice-versa in the winter months.
  6. Shade the outside of your windows. You can use an awning, plant a tree outside your window, or purchase a special shade that will let light in.
  7. Mind the doors. Closing off rooms will prevent the cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. You’ll want to capitalize on the cooler night hours, too, letting air flow naturally through your home.

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Five Reasons to Seal Your Crawl Space

Your crawl space is an important part of your home. It promotes air circulation, provides access to plumbing, electrical and other wiring, and — most importantly — serves as the actual foundation of your home.

And, yet, it is often one of the most neglected spaces in a home. Because of their location, crawl spaces can easily become damaged by moisture, extreme temperatures, and water vapor levels. Once this happens, the structural integrity of your home can be compromised.

Restored Crawl Space

 

Here are five reasons why you should have your crawls space properly sealed and repaired:

  1. It can improve your home’s indoor air quality and temperature. Keep your home cool in the Summer, and warm when the weather is cold.
  2. It can help you avoid costly structural damage. Taking the time and effort NOW before any potential problems reveal themselves will save your sanity in the long run!
  3. Deter pest and rodent infestations. No one wants creepy critters roaming around inside their home – having a sealed crawl can help keep them out.
  4. Lower electric bills. Saving money on a monthly basis is a great reason to have your crawl repaired.
  5. Control humidity and bulk water. This can reduce mold or mildew – leading to better air quality for your entire household.

Read more about Creative Conservation’s crawl space repair program here.

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Get Your Patio Ready for Summer at the Home Energy Store

This month at the Home Energy Store, we are focused on getting ready for summer! One of our featured products is the POLYWOOD line of patio furniture.

POLYWOOD furniture is made from 90% recycled plastic bottles and containers. Not only is this furniture environmentally-friendly; it’s heavy-duty material will keep it on your patio in the event of strong storms. The POLYWOOD line is unaffected by the rain, snow, sleet, wind, saltwater, chlorine and mildew. Easy care can be achieved with soap and water which will keep it clean and ready for use for years to come! The furniture comes in 14 different colors. Find out more about POLYWOOD on their website.

Get your patio ready for summer with POLYWOOD and other beautiful, energy-friendly products at the Home Energy Store!

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Low Impact Development

Low impact development (LID) is the practice of using techniques in building and construction that minimize the effect that development will have on the quality of the surrounding environment. LID emphasizes conservation and use of on-site natural features to protect water quality.

LID techniques can be seen all over the Richmond area from residents installing rain barrels for lawn watering and car washing to the upcoming projects to harvest rain water at Capital Square. Minimum effort can yield maximum environmental benefits as well as savings. Although the Richmond City Charter does not allow for residential credits, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) plans to introduce language to the General Assembly that will allow residential credits in the very near future.

For more information about low impact development, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency web site.

Read more about Low Impact Development on our website.

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April is National Garden Month

It’s April – which means its officially National Garden Month! This month, created to raise awareness about the many benefits of gardening, has been celebrated in some capacity since 1986. The celebration features educational activities, public events, government proclamations, and garden center seminars, all building excitement and increased participation in gardening.

Every week throughout this month, the official website for National Garden Month will be sharing helpful articles and fun activities to get your whole family involved in gardening and caring for the Earth.

Check out the website for National Garden Month here.

While we’re on the subject, take a look at our past blog post on gardening tips.

Our friends over at Zacs Garden have provided a useful guide to gardening as well.

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