HQ Green Games 2015 - Day 8: Summer Homes

July 28, 2015 4:00 AM

With three days left of the HQ Green Games—ending Thursday at noon—we'll use today's theme to address ways you can stay sustainable during hot summer days at home.


  • Summer Regulator - Update your thermostat for the season. What, is your furniture hot? There's no reason to air condition your place while you're gone. Turn it up about 8 degrees when you leave to Buzz it. Then use a fan to cool down faster when you get home. Even summers cool off at night. Before you go to bed, give your A/C a break; set it about 4 degrees warmer.

  • Dress for less - We probably don't have to tell you twice that it's hot: Don't wear sweaters. Put on your short shorts (or whatever summer clothing floats your boat), bump up the thermostat, then Buzz this pin. Your cooling bill directly affects CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.

  • Line 'em Up - Skip the dryer, and get clean clothes the way the dinosaurs did it: A good old fashioned clothesline or drying rack. Your clothes will last longer, and you'll save real $$ every month. An electric dryer consumes a lot of energy.

To go deeper into the sustainable homes rabbit hole, check out this article!


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