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Stay Cool This Summer with Tips from People Working Cooperatively
By: Nina Creech, Vice President of Operations, People Working Cooperatively
Summer weather is coming to Cincinnati. That means hot, humid days with all relief being inside, which is why it’s important to make sure your home is prepared to keep you cool. A simple inspection and a few simple fixes are all it takes to keep your home cool during the summer months. At People Working Cooperatively, we offer summer weatherization services to our low-income, elderly, and disabled clients to help them save on energy consumption and cost. We’d also like to encourage homeowners to make their homes more efficient and conserve energy while staying cool.
The best way to keep your home cool is, simply, to make sure cool air stays in and hot air stays out. Even the smallest cracks allow cool air to escape, driving up the cost to cool your home. Check all ductwork for any rips, loose connections, and gaps, and repair to seal it tight. After checking ducts, evaluate all the windows and doors for leaks and cracks, and add new weather-stripping if necessary. 
Now that the house is secure from leaks, it’s important to make sure your air conditioner doesn’t have to work harder than necessary. There are several easy ways to avoid generating extra heat in your home. 
Your air conditioning unit is designed to cool the entire house, so it’s important to make sure your attic is properly insulated. Heat rises, and the attic is the hottest part of the home, which means the air conditioner tries to cool it down. Correct insulation keeps the attic cooler. Additionally, close the vents in rooms that are not in use. This means less energy is being used which will lower your utility bills. 
It’s also important to evaluate your home and habits to make sure you’re not adding extra heat to your home. On very hot days, try to avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside instead. Another easy change is to switch out incandescent lights for LEDs, which use less energy and burn cooler to conserve energy and prevent added heat.  In addition to switching out bulbs, make sure all lights and fans are turned off when you’re not in the room. While fans create a cooling breeze to enjoy while you’re in the room, the motor actually generates heat. 
One last simple tip – close the curtains. While most people close them at night, they’re useful for blocking out the sun during the day. By preventing the sun from shining in, you’re preventing extra heat in the home. 
Keeping your home cool and energy bills low can be difficult in the summer. By following these tips, you can not only save money, but conserve energy as well.  

Summer weather is coming to Cincinnati. That means hot, humid days with all relief being inside, which is why it’s important to make sure your home is prepared to keep you cool. A simple inspection and a few simple fixes are all it takes to keep your home cool during the summer months. At People Working Cooperatively, we offer summer weatherization services to our low-income, elderly, and disabled clients to help them save on energy consumption and cost. We’d also like to encourage homeowners to make their homes more efficient and conserve energy while staying cool.

The best way to keep your home cool is, simply, to make sure cool air stays in and hot air stays out. Even the smallest cracks allow cool air to escape, driving up the cost to cool your home. Check all ductwork for any rips, loose connections, and gaps, and repair to seal it tight. After checking ducts, evaluate all the windows and doors for leaks and cracks, and add new weather-stripping if necessary. 

Now that the house is secure from leaks, it’s important to make sure your air conditioner doesn’t have to work harder than necessary. There are several easy ways to avoid generating extra heat in your home. 

Your air conditioning unit is designed to cool the entire house, so it’s important to make sure your attic is properly insulated. Heat rises, and the attic is the hottest part of the home, which means the air conditioner tries to cool it down. Correct insulation keeps the attic cooler. Additionally, close the vents in rooms that are not in use. This means less energy is being used which will lower your utility bills. 

It’s also important to evaluate your home and habits to make sure you’re not adding extra heat to your home. On very hot days, try to avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven or grill outside instead. Another easy change is to switch out incandescent lights for LEDs, which use less energy and burn cooler to conserve energy and prevent added heat.  In addition to switching out bulbs, make sure all lights and fans are turned off when you’re not in the room. While fans create a cooling breeze to enjoy while you’re in the room, the motor actually generates heat. 

One last simple tip – close the curtains. While most people close them at night, they’re useful for blocking out the sun during the day. By preventing the sun from shining in, you’re preventing extra heat in the home. 


Keeping your home cool and energy bills low can be difficult in the summer. By following these tips, you can not only save money but conserve energy as well.  

About People Working Cooperatively

Incorporated in 1975, People Working Cooperatively (PWC) is a non-profit organization serving low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in 20 counties of Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana. PWC strengthens communities by providing professional, critical home repair, weatherization, modification, and maintenance services to help residents stay safely in their homes. In the last 42 years, PWC’s staff of licensed, trained employees and dedicated corps of 3,500 volunteers have assisted more than 300,000 individuals. For more information, call (513) 351-7921.

 

 

 

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