4 Easy Tips For Being Greener This Summer

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Courtney

Please welcome today’s guest poster, Cooper Elling.

It’s summertime, thank goodness. It was a long winter for me personally, and I feel the summer is a time to make some decisions that are much more eco-friendly. Take a look at some of these tips for everyday occurrences where you can make the right call and feel good about it! 

What about the A/C?

If you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning, there’s no doubt it’s a wonderful thing. However, there is no substitute for the feeling of fresh air in your house, and it should be embraced. All winter long you were complaining that it was too cold, and now look at you — windows shut, sitting in your house. The temperatures will drop at night, so stop the A/C and open up the windows when it gets dark. Cooling off your house with fresh air works best if you can get the air to move within your house.

Open windows on opposite sides of the house and place a few fans to help move the hot air out and bring that cool air in. Furthermore, if you have a window unit or can select where the A/C comes out, remember to close off rooms that you don’t use, just like you do in the wintertime to keep in the heat!

Head to the water

If your house just gets too hot, maybe you don’t need to be there! I don’t know about you, but swimming in a lake, river, or pool in the summertime is one of my favorite things to do. If you have access to a body of water, head over there instead of melting away in your house. You’ll have fun and by the time you get home it’ll be much cooler. You can eat dinner outside while your now open windows cool the place down. Alternatively, if your house sits in the sun, head to a forested park or area with much more shade and enjoy the perfect temps out of the sun.

You know how your car becomes an oven when it sits in the sun compared to under a tree in the shade? Your house is doing the same thing! Not that you can move your house to a different parking spot under a tree, but you can create more shade. During the day when the sun is hitting your house hard, shut all the blinds so the sun bounces off the white instead of coming in through the glass and creating your own personal greenhouse indoors.

Make food without the oven

Your oven is a massive source of heat. While it’s nice in the winter to bake bread and enjoy the extra heat your oven puts out, why are you making a pot roast when it’s 90 degrees outside? Stick with meals that require minimal cooking instead, or at least get outside and use the grill. Whatever you do, it certainly doesn’t make sense to use energy running the oven only to make your house hotter and therefore using more A/C to cool it down. Chicken and veggies on the grill with a fresh fruit salad doesn’t sound too bad, now does it?

Transportation – get on your bike

Depending on where you live, you may feel limited on this one, but a bike can take you a long way. You should be getting out and getting some exercise every day anyway to look and feel healthy, so why not knock out two birds with one stone? Don’t feel intimidated because the stores you typically go to are 3 miles away; that won’t take you long. Bikes are fast! The next time you head to the bank, post office, or grab a few items at the grocery store, strap on a backpack and a helmet, save some gas emissions and tone up those legs.

Cooper Elling is passionate about health, fitness, and blogging. When he’s not working out, he writes about Sono Bello, cooking, and a myriad of other topics. He’s also active with Sono Bello on Twitter and Sono Bello on Facebook.

3 Comments +

  1. “get on your bike”, my favorite tip. Even here in Phoenix, where our summer is the “bad season” to your winter, get on your bike is good advice. It’s good for you, and double good for the environment because I bet if you resolved to ride your bike for those “must have” items from the grocery store, some of the “must have” items would become “don’t need”, and reduced consumption is best for the environment of all.

    jt

    June 15th, 2011 at 10:26 am
    Comment by Jim Tolar
  2. Much like JT above, summer in Georgia is the time of year it’s hard to go outside. And we didn’t need to heat our apartment at all during February and March this year. Sadly, a blazing hot June is making up for it.

    Actually, most of the tips here don’t translate well to our apartment. We only have windows on one side and don’t have convenient access to a grill. And bike-riding turns me into a sweaty, stinky, dehydrated mess. Woe is me.

    June 15th, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    Comment by Mickey
  3. We use fans a lot here to feel cooler without the AC. It’s set at 84 F during the day, so it doesn’t go off until we’re getting really hot around here. We rent, so we don’t have control over everything, but my husband and I are in agreement that when we own, all bedrooms will get ceiling fans. Such a help on hot nights when the outside air isn’t enough to cool the inside.

    June 15th, 2011 at 7:19 pm
    Comment by Stephanie - Green Stay at Home Mom

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