Be Cool for the Summer

July 18, 2017

When the summer heat hits, there’s not much you can do to escape it. Turning on the air conditioner is the first thing that comes to mind, but if you really want to help keep your cooling costs down and keep cool this summer, here’s a few creative ideas that will help.

#OptOutside — Get out and enjoy this beautiful place we call home!

Whether you hit the beach, go on a hike, or go to the pool, #OptOutside. You won’t be using any energy at your home, and you’ll be having fun! Organize a trip to the beach with your family and friends and enjoy the fresh ocean water. If you prefer to be a little closer to home, organize an outdoor family activity like gardening or starting a mini landscaping project. Planting shrubs and ground cover plants around your home or apartment can actually help with reducing heat radiation and can help to improve air quality in and around your home. If being outdoors just isn’t for you, open up your windows instead and let Hawaii’s natural winds cool your home instead of taxing your air conditioner.

It’s grilling season!

Cooking indoors in your kitchen will generate a lot of ambient heat in your home, especially if this involves prep work like preheating in addition to actually cooking. Summertime is the best time to ditch the kitchen and fire up the grill. Choose to cook outdoors on hot days to reduce the need to turn on your air conditioner when cooking indoors. Recipes that require no-heat or use a microwave are other great alternatives to keep your kitchen cool while saving time and energy. Find a variety of grilling, no-heat or microwave-friendly recipes at www.hawaiianelectric.com/recipes.

Power down

Most people don’t realize that small actions, like turning off a light or unplugging a phone charger when not in use, can have a big impact on cooling and reducing energy costs. When in use, appliances and equipment give off heat energy, which can dissipate into your home or workplace. So, when you’re at home or at work, if you’re not using something, be sure to turn it off! Better yet, unplug any unused appliances or equipment that doesn’t need to be plugged in. This will eliminate “phantom” or “standby” energy — the electricity that is drawn from outlets when things are still plugged in. In common areas, consider plugging in appliances into an outlet surge protector power strip, which will allow you to turn everything off at once. This can help reduce your cooling costs and protect your home or workplace from power surges.

For more #CoolTips, check out our “Cool Tips for Home and Work” brochure available online, or pick up a copy from your local City Mill location through September 30, 2017, while supplies last.

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