Though we’re seeing a greater projection to return to normalcy this summer, it’s important to consider safety with COVID-19 still around. And if you aren’t looking to travel yet, why not enjoy a vacation from the comfort of your own home? Here are some fun, yet energy-conscious ways that you can catch up on your rest and relaxation during your staycation this summer.
Spend your summer nights under the stars
There’s nothing better than spending your summer nights outside in the cool air- especially after a long day full of heat. And with plenty of things to do, there’s something everyone in your family can enjoy. Whether that be setting up a tent in the backyard and camping for a night (or “glamping” if you don’t like to get your hands dirty), projecting a movie onto a bedsheet and taking movie night outside, stargazing, or even just a simple fire full or s’mores and stories- there are a plethora of ways to have fun, right in your backyard. And while you’re outside, you can adjust your AC’s temperature so you can save on your home energy bills while you aren’t in the house. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning your thermostat to 88 degrees Fahrenheit will help. At this temperature, when you’re ready to go back inside, the warm air won’t flow as much, so it’ll be much quicker and easier on your HVAC system to cool down your home.
Take family time to the basement
If your family or personal nights are spent in your main living room, consider moving that quality time to the basement instead. That way, you’re able to stay cool without having to increase your energy costs while cooling the upper levels of your home. If your home doesn’t have that finished basement, then consider shutting the HVAC unit down at night and opening some windows. There’s no harm in letting in some cool, fresh air, that can also help you save money on your energy bills in the long run. Or, during the day, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature will keep your family cool and prevent any spikes in your energy usage. These small, simple steps can keep the enjoyment of family outings alive, while still simultaneously helping you keep your energy costs low.
Cool down with water play
The summer weather is perfect to soak up some sun—and if you get hot easily, why not cool off in the water? There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a dip in the pool, while catching some rays and working on your summer tan. And if you don’t have a pool—there’s no better way to cool off than with a sprinkler. The kids will love it just as much, so it can be a great opportunity to get involved together as a family. When you’re outside cooling off in the summer sun, don’t forget to set your thermostat to “away” mode, so you can save money while you’re outside. And when you’re done with the fun outside, make sure to turn off your hoses completely, so you aren’t unknowingly using water and raising your bills with a running hose.
Regulate your staycation home with Revise
It’s a well-known fact that energy bills are unusually high during the summer, in an attempt to keep our homes cool. And while cooling your home down can feel extremely nice, it isn’t always the most energy efficient decision. So why not let us help you come up with alternatives to help you stay cool? Revise can help recommend how your home can use less energy, while coming up with ways to keep you and your family comfortable with the summer’s intense heat. Let us do the heavy lifting this summer, while you’re out on your staycation, schedule an appointment with us at (800) 885-7283. We can help tackle your home energy usage, so you can relax and focus on your much deserved personal rest and relaxation, along with some quality family time.