Beat the Summer Heat by Soaking Up These Cooling Tips
Avoid the spike in energy bills as summer settles in
Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – greets homeowners on Sunday, June 21. While many may embrace the warm weather, the electricity bill that comes with keeping a home cool is often not as welcome. To protect your wallet and maximize summer fun, CertainTeed, a leading provider of innovative and sustainable building products, offers the following tips to help you cool off and save money:
Summer solace – Investing in a solar roof can give your home a sustainable advantage when it comes to energy bills. A roofing system like Apollo II® can generate most or all of the electricity a home uses during the day. Plus, excess power generated by the system flows back through the meter and into the energy grid, which can mean a reduction, or even a credit, on your electric bill.
Cool off –Turn off the air conditioner when it’s not needed, and never cool an empty or unused room. Instead, rely on fans, which consume far less energy. A well-placed fan will create a comfortable indoor breeze. If you’re in the market for an air conditioner, consider an ENERGY STAR®-rated model, which can save you 10 percent or more in cooling costs when compared to a conventional unit.
Insulate coolness – Did you know insulation not only helps a home keep warm, it can actually keep it cool, too? Installing adequate insulation in your home and attic, such as SMARTBATT™ with MoistureSense™ Technology, can make your home more comfortable. Sufficient insulation or even siding, like CedarBoards™ Insulated Siding with custom-contoured foam backing and CertaWrap™ Weather Resistant Barrier can reduce energy bills and improve energy efficiency.
Grill out – Cooking appliances such as ovens give off excess heat that can actually increase the temperatures in your home. And in the summer, that’s the opposite thing you want to do. Instead, take advantage of the pleasant weather and cook outside. Grilling in the backyard will not only keep unwanted heat out of the home, it creates a great opportunity for family fun.
Kill the lights – It’s always a good idea to eliminate additional heat sources in your home. Incandescent light bulbs use a lot of power and only a fraction is actually used for light; the rest is wasted. To avoid additional heat, switch to compact fluorescent or LED bulbs for efficiency.
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Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, and celebrating its 350th anniversary, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For six consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2014. www.certainteed.com