Five ways to keep cool and save energy this summer

It may be August, but summer isn't over yet, with temperatures still plenty high and climates as hot as ever – particularly if you don't have (or don't want to use) air conditioning. Opening windows, switching on fans and keeping your hands off the thermostat can all help to bring down those climbing electricity bills. But according to Ashley Home Furniture, the interior design of a home is a significant factor in how you use and save energy.

"Believe it or not, everything from your furniture layout to the window coverings you choose can help […] or hinder […] your home's energy-efficiency," said Brenda Dillon, the chain's VP of Merchandising, in a press release. 

With that in mind, Ashley Home Furniture has a handful of helpful design choices to offer that you can implement to better cool your home – and save energy – for the rest of the summer:

  • Don't block the vents, in order to keep air flowing throughout the building.
  • Keep electronics and other hot appliances away from the thermostat so that it isn't fooled into thinking the house is warmer than it actually is.
  • Switch out regular lights for fluorescent bulbs that can use as much as 75 percent less energy.
  • Paint your rooms with a coating of light colors, which can deflect heat.
  • Cover your windows with curtains, shades or blinds that keep both light and heat out.

Homeowners in Maryland and Virginia are encouraged to contact R and J Tinting about energy saving window film, which can be installed in windows throughout the house, as a measure for both absorbing sunlight and keeping your home cooler – all for significantly cheaper than an air conditioner.