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Green Country's Guide to Summer Energy Efficiency

Gannon Brown

License ID: 159138

License ID: 159138

Jun 10 1 minutes read

As the mercury rises in Tulsa's summer, the dual concerns of staying cool and managing energy costs come to the forefront for homeowners. But fear not, fellow Tulsans, for achieving a cool home during our notoriously humid summers without sending your energy bills through the roof is perfectly doable. With a blend of simple adjustments and proactive home care, you can transform your home into an oasis of comfort and efficiency. Let’s journey through these methods together:

Air Seal Your Home

Commence your summer preparations by hunting down air leaks throughout your dwelling. Those sneaky gaps around windows, doors, and vents are prime culprits for letting your precious cooled air escape into the hot Tulsa summer. A bit of weather stripping or caulking can go a long way and is quite the bargain considering the comfort it brings.

Insulation Upgrades

In Tulsa, where the summers are as warm as the people, updating your insulation can play a pivotal role in keeping the heat at bay. Check the insulation in your attic, walls, and particularly those floors over garages or crawl spaces—frequent suspects in unwanted heat transfer. Upgrading insulation not only keeps you cooler but also adds to your home's overall value—a win-win!

Eco-Friendly Appliances

Next time your appliances beg for retirement, consider replacing them with ENERGY STAR-certified models. These heroes are designed to sip electricity, reducing your energy consumption and your bills. From refrigerators to washers, these appliances are an investment in both your home and our planet.

Natural Ventilation

Embrace Tulsa’s breezy evenings and early mornings by allowing fresh air to flow through your home. Strategic window opening creates cross-ventilation, a natural and cost-effective method to keep your home cool. Window fans or attic vents can also support this effort, reducing your reliance on air conditioning.

Smart Window Treatments

Utilizing shades, curtains, or blinds can shield your interiors from Oklahoma's intense sun. Opt for light-colored treatments with reflective backs to fend off the solar heat gain more effectively. This simple action can significantly reduce your indoor temperature and your need to crank up the AC.

Thermostat Wisdom

In the realm of energy efficiency, the thermostat is king. Using programmable or smart thermostats to adjust your home's temperature based on your routine can lead to substantial savings. Setting it around 78°F when you’re home provides a comfortable yet economical climate.

HVAC Maintenance

A well-maintained HVAC system is the backbone of your home’s climate control. An annual check-up by a professional can keep it running efficiently and prevent costly breakdowns. Regularly changing your air filters is also essential—a simple task that pays off in performance.

Window Upgrades

If your budget allows, upgrading to energy-efficient windows can have a dramatic effect on your home’s insulation properties. These windows block Tulsa’s sweltering summer heat, maintaining a comfortable interior without overworking your AC. This is an investment that enhances comfort year-round.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are not just decor—they're functional tools to cool your home. Set them to rotate counterclockwise in summer to lift off the heat. Fans can make your rooms feel significantly cooler without adjusting the thermostat, making them allies in economic cooling.

Utilize Shade and Landscaping

Planting trees can add value to your property and provide much-needed shade, reducing your home’s overall temperature. Additionally, consider awnings or pergolas to shade your windows or patio, further reducing your home's internal temperature and reliance on AC.

By applying these strategies, you can enjoy a more comfortable home in Tulsa's summer heat without straining your wallet or the grid. Energize your efforts towards a cool, efficient summer home, and the benefits will ripple through your utility bills, comfort levels, and even into our Green Country environment. Let’s keep Tulsa cool, one home at a time.

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